Boy, 7, sworn in as Detroit police chief for a day

Detroit Police "Chief for a Day" Carter Widmer, 7, arrives at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Detroit. Widmer donated $250 of his Christmas money to the Detroit Police K-9 Unit. (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

DETROIT (AP) — The son of a Detroit Police Department lieutenant got to boss around his old man — and his old man’s boss — for a day.

Seven-year-old Carter Widmer was sworn in Wednesday as “Chief for the Day” by the department’s official chief, James Craig. He flew into headquarters via helicopter, slapped some handcuffs on his father, Lt. John Widmer, and spent time with a police dog.

That part was particularly gratifying, since Carter donated $250 of his Christmas money to the Detroit Police K-9 Unit.

Carter says he wants to follow his father into law enforcement. The elder Widmer says his son’s temporary promotion was a surprise, but exciting for the family.

The uniformed Carter was by-the-book and just-the-facts when asked what he thought about being chief: “Really cool.”

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