3-Year-Old Aspiring “Police K-9 Girl” Teased, Gets Surprise Backup From Mass State Police

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“A girl can be anything she wants to be, including a Police Officer.” That’s what the Massachusetts State Police wrote on their Facebook page last week as the lead to a post recounting what two awesome South Boston Troopers did after hearing about a 3-year-old girl who had her dreams of being a “Police K-9 Girl” dashed by other girls in her class.

Their Facebook post continued…

3-year-old Cosette chose what she calls a “Massachusetts Police K-9 Girl” as her dress up costume for her library group gathering. The girls group had been instructed to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grow up. Many of the girls came dressed as Disney princesses and they singled out their classmate as not being as cool as them.

Upon hearing of this, Trooper Tronca and Trooper McLaughlin of the State Police Barracks in South Boston, paid a visit to this heartbroken little girl and spent time telling her and the other children at her school that girls can be police officers. Her classmates were very receptive and long discussions about Ninja Turtles, Captain America and their important craft projects followed.

In a comment on the MSP post, Cosette’s mom McKenzie, who is the Executive Director at The Fallen K9 Foundation, a non-profit that provides PTSD/TBI service animals in memory of fallen K-9s and military working dogs, said of what the Troopers did for her daughter, “They made her whole year!!!!”


Cosette and her trusty K-9 on patrol, in action. Her zeal for being exactly who and what she wants to be has made our whole year!!!!


All photos via Massachusetts State Police Facebook

  • Another Mother

    Sounds more like an attention seeking, drama queen Mom’s facebook rant. I have SERIOUS doubts 3 yr were even slightly making fun of her.

    • Alex B

      The post was written by the Massachusetts State Police and they posted it on THEIR Facebook page.

      • Another Mother

        THEY had to hear it somewhere. I am not faulting the MSP. They did a good thing.

  • Amy Luna Manderino

    I believe this story. When I was in kindergarten, I chose to dress as a black cat for Halloween. I was so excited! All the other girls were fairy princesses. Not only was I teased for my non-gender conforming behavior by the other students, the teacher even segregated the class in to “pretty” and “scary” costumes for the costume parade and put me last with the “scary” costumes–all boys in bloody, horrific, violent costumes. No place for a simply black cat, apparently, in a binary bullying world. Glad to see this little girl had her own champions!

    • P.Brookfield

      Amy Luna, I’ll bet you looked awesome! I’d like to think that some of your little classmates grew up and regretted how shallow they were then; and that your old teacher regrets her poor decision and wishes she’d done differently too.

  • Simone Blaise

    This story really touched my heart. My daughter is 5 and has expressed she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Her dress up choice at this time is batman/superhero. She says, she does not like princesses. Even my (German) family laughed about her choice. Not in front of her but me, her mother. Once my daughter said “she wants to save the world”. I allow her to be whatever she chooses to. She is standing up against the social norms and she has my support.