Promoting pupil safety

2016-02-11 06:00
 Photo: supplied Sergeant Clinton Odayar shows pupils how a police dog works.

Photo: supplied Sergeant Clinton Odayar shows pupils how a police dog works.

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PUPILS from Sandfields Primary School were educated on being safe and the functions of SAPS, emergency services and community organisations which focus on community safety and crime fighting recently.

The programme is a partnership between several organisations which include the Coastal Emergency Response Team (CERT), eThekwini Municipality Lifeguards, Tongaat SAPS, Umhlali K9 unit and IPSS.

Tongaat SAPS communications officer Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie said the partnership aims to visit schools and hold a programme to empower pupils on road safety, safety on the beach and pools, snake bites, accidents, search and rescue and the roles and functions of the organisations.

“We also educate the pupils on what they should do if they are faced with an emergency situation and who they should contact,” said Maharaj-Marie.

Anthony Molgara from eThekwini Life Guards spoke to the pupils about how they should behave at the beach, around pools and the importance of having adult supervision at all times.

Sergeant Clinton Odayar from the K9 unit held a small demonstration on how a police trained dog would behave in a search and rescue scenario.

“In the scenario he did with the pupils he showed how the dog would search for an abandoned baby,” said Maharaj-Marie.

She said the programme is being kept as short, informative and entertaining as possible so pupils are able to grasp as much as they can.

“We hope that through this partnership, important information on safety, crime prevention and reaction in such situations is learnt by the pupils to keep them and their families’ safe,” said Maharaj-Marie.

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