Officers with the Gonzales Police Department talked to members of Girl Scout Troop 10166 on Aug. 30 during a meeting at the police station in Gonzales.

The girls, all first-graders and Daisy Scouts, received badges for respecting authority, courage and strength, a news release from Gonzales Police spokeswoman Charlotte Guedry said.

Officers Jimmie Dunaway, Anthony Cantrelle, Tyson Dennis and Duane Carpenter and Cpl. David Breaux explained their duties and Dunaway treated the Scouts to a motorcycle demonstration.

“We love when kids come by the station to visit,” Dunaway said. “It’s always such a happy moment to see them so fascinated by what we do. Who knows, we might have the next generation of the city of Gonzales Police Department right there, so why not make what we do special for them? It’s also a way to keep us involved in the community with a genuine, positive presence.”

Carpenter, Cantrelle and Breaux allowed the girls to walk through the back seat of one of the department’s patrol units.

Troop leader Michelle Cornett, whose daughter, Claire, is one of the Scouts, praised the officers for visiting with the girls.

“The city of Gonzales Police Department went above and beyond anything we expected,” she said. “Our co-leader, Lindsey Del Bosque, simply asked if the space could be used for our meetings, and we had no idea that the police officers would be so generous and so much fun with our girls,” she said.