It takes a special kind of person to put on a badge and protect the community.

It’s a gift not lost on nine-year-old Sarah-Beth Mathis.

“They keep our country safe,” said Sarah-Beth, who on Tuesday got a chance to join their ranks as an honorary Harris County Precinct One deputy constable.”It’s just so cool because I love police officers,” she told Eyewitness News, dressed in her official uniform and badge. “This is awesome. It was the best day ever.”

Sarah Beth suffers from a rare genetic disorder called PTEN. She’s had her colon removed. She takes dozens of doses of medication every day, and has spent much of her young life in and out of hospitals. Her illness also puts her at an extremely high risk of cancer.

But Tuesday was not about that. It was about her passion for law enforcement. Harris County Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen swore her in. She spent time with Judge Dale Gorczynski behind bench and led a motorcade.

“My favorite part was pushing the buttons and I have a full entourage of cops, my mom, it was just so cool,” she said. “I got to see all of the police stuff. I got to see the courtroom. I got to see everybody and meet everybody.”

Constable Rosen said he was emotional several times throughout the morning. “We see so much bad,” he said of his job. “And here’s a little girl whose whole desire is to be what we are today. It’s just special for us.”

Deputies on their own time gave her the full experience including a seat in a helicopter, a meeting with a police k-9, and let her “arrest” a “suspect in a specially constructed parking-lot traffic stop.

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