Teaching children to view the police ‘as their friends’

2016-10-04 06:00
Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett talks to kids about the importance of safety.

Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett talks to kids about the importance of safety.

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The social crime prevention officer Constable Lugmaan Adams and Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett ensure that safety tips and valuable information are disseminated to the public and especially to children precinct.

On Tuesday 27 September they visited Little Footprints Montessori Pre-primary School in Steenberg.

“Various presentations are conducted to inform the children, youth and seniors about safety and their rights,” says Bartlett.

Constable Adams is doing drill projects to instil discipline in the children.

“Children should be able to play freely without having to run from the bullets of gangsters. Safety of children and senior citizens are important to Steenberg police,” Bartlett explains.

Children between the ages of three to six were taught the emergency number of the police and educated on the following:

. The police are their friends,

. Not to take money, gifts or sweets from strangers and not to go with strangers in their vehicle or on foot,

. Not to play with matches, lighters, knives, fire crackers or similar dangerous devices,

. To always tell their parents where they are going, and

. To tell an adult when someone did something wrong to them or when they are sad.

The children were also informed of the dangers of firearms and encouraged not to get involved in fights.

Officers also taught them that “(their) body is (theirs) and no-one is allowed to touch it in a way that makes (them) feel uncomfortable”.

The children were also told to be vigilant, especially during this time of gang violence.

“The children had stories to tell and listened attentively. They were given a colouring book to further their knowledge about safety. The police are there to assist – not only in cases, but in the general safety and security of all people,” Bartlett says.

“Steenberg police are not exempted from doing their bit in combating crime and to foresee the safety of its community. During this time of gang violence it is important for everyone to know their surroundings and report any suspicious activities.”V Crèches and educare centres in the Steenberg policing precinct can call Bartlett on 071 604 8381 or 021 702 9001 if they want a police official to visit the organisation or to do a presentation. Bartlett also does safety talks for seniors.

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