JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The Johnson City Police Department has welcomed back a special officer for the holiday season.
Officer Jaycee "JC" Elf returned to the force.
He is the department's play on Elf on the Shelf. Officers call him the Elf on the Force.
He will be making appearances across Johnson City, from traffic stops to the elementary school.
Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge says Jaycee is a great way for police to connect with the community.
"Anything we can do to improve community relations helps improve the bond of trust between us and our community we serve, and we'll be a much better police force, we'll be much more effective at helping our community if we have the trust with our community and have a positive relationship," Chief Dodge told 12 News on Monday.
Jaycee Elf is even fitted with his own police outfit that was made by the wife of a former Johnson City police officer.