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Police Officer Encourages Kids to Achieve Goals in New Book
By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
To anyone who thinks they can’t achieve their goals, Georgetown Police Officer Delta Jolly wants them to know, “You can do whatever you want.”
As a police officer and single mom, she knows about overcoming obstacles and reaching goals – lessons at the heart of her new children’s book, “Officer Jolly Earns Her Badge.”
It all started with a rough day at work a year ago. Delta’s friend, Tonya Taylor, encouraged her to write a book to help with some of the stressors she faced as an officer. As she wasn’t a writer, Delta dismissed the idea until her friend pressed her again and she decided to try her hand at book writing, deciding that the world needed more positivity and that it would be a great way to spend more time with family.
“Officer Jolly Earns Her Badge” is the first in a series about Delta’s life and challenges. The first book highlights her journey to becoming a police officer, which began after she had her daughter, Peyten. She wondered how, as a single parent, she would achieve her law enforcement ambition. Thanks to support from her mother and inspiration from Peyten, Delta finally reached that goal when a position opened in Georgetown, which she said felt amazing, “like I had purpose and there was something greater to achieve.”
Now she wants to inspire children to set and reach goals of their own, no matter how big and no matter the obstacles. She also hopes parents, while reading her story to their kids, will be motivated to set an example by working toward their own goals. “Continue to motivate yourself, reach your goals, celebrate those goals and move on to the next one,” Delta said.
Another one of her ambitions was education – she earned her master’s degree just days before having her daughter. “So when people say, ‘Oh, I’m a single parent, I can’t do this or that’ – you can do whatever you want,” she said.
The book project, she added, took a bunch of moms coming together, including her friend Tonya, who organized and illustrated the book, Tonya’s sister Tina Robison, who edited the story and Merideth Welborn who handled the photography.
Being able to tell her story and put her struggles on paper has been both therapeutic and nostalgic for Delta, who said she was able to recount childhood events and activities that she wants to share with Peyten as she grows up.
You can buy “Officer Jolly Earns Her Badge” at officerjolly.com.