It is huge for the kids, the police departments, and their chiefs, who ceremoniously step aside and hand over the title of chief to their dressed-for-the-occasion new bosses.
'Chief for a Day' is organized by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office -- who also welcomed a new man in uniform.
"We love helping kids," said Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton.
The friendships built with the kids during the event started long before Friday for a special reason.
"When three years ago, the former chief found out my son didn't have any friends at school, so they made a special birthday for him, and that's when we became friends," said Maya Haikin.
Addison, Chief for a day in Carlstadt, is a tough and beautiful survivor.
"She was diagnosed with diabetes leukemia and celiac. She wore her uniform to school, and wore it all week -- so excited to be chief for the day," said Addison's mother, Christie Stallone.
Pictures, games, and a picnic wrapped up the day at the office for the children, and the departments protecting and serving in this special way.
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