"I wasn't going to be able to get my kids anything," Rodriguez said.
"Well, I hope you may be able to get your kids something with it," the deputy said.
As always, moments like that are the main mission here. But this year Secret Santa also had a secret agenda and CBS News asked him what the officers get out of this mission.
"Joy, you know, as tough as they are they have hearts that are bigger than the world," secret Santa said.
Let's face it, it hasn't been a good year for law enforcement, but for the vast majority of decent officers who will never make headlines. Secret Santa offered this gift.
A chance to be bearer of good news for a change a chance to really help the homeless and to thank the law-abiders to see hands up in celebration and then be assaulted in the best possible way.
There were a lot of hugs. Our body cameras took a real beating, but it was worth it just to see people trust again and to see cops surrender.
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