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PHOTOS: 7-year-old becomes chief of Zephyrhills Police Department for a day

Pasco County

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) – She’s only seven-years-old, but Anastasia Sanchez already knows what it takes to be a leader.

The first grader at Woodland Elementary in Zephyhills is a police chief.

For a day, at least.

And she’s good at it.

Just ask the official chief at the Zephyrhills Police Department.

“She is poised, smart and alert to her surroundings,” said Chief Derek Brewer.

On Thursday morning, Anastasia took the oath to protect and serve as part of the agency’s “Chief for a Day” program.

Then, she got right to work.

“She was shy for the first couple of minutes, but it didn’t take long for her to start taking charge,” Chief Brewer told WFLA. “We love getting young people interested at an early age. That’s the purpose of this program. They enjoy it, and it builds good will.”

This young lady won over the hearts of a few special members of the agency.

The K9 team.

“She expressed playing with the dogs was her favorite part of the day,” the chief told us. 

Chief Brewer said he enjoyed having Anastasia lead the force.  

“She’ll make a great police chief someday,” he said.

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