Sarpy County law enforcement agencies are using their police cruisers this month to encourage conversations about fighting sexual assault.
The Sheriff's Office as well as police in Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista are sporting 8-by-4-inch teal magnets in the shape of ribbons on their cruisers. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The ribbons were attached to approximately 175 cruisers through the efforts of Sarpy County's Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Assault.
Holly Page, spokeswoman for the coalition, said the feedback from officers and the public has been overwhelmingly positive. The coalition also distributed purple ribbons against domestic violence in October.
La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten said the ribbons spark conversations in the community. Officers are asked about them and offer tips about watching for signs of sexual assaults and how to prevent them. — Kevin Cole