Child protection week launched

2019-06-04 06:00
Metro Police officers demonstrate to the learners how the dog unit operates

Metro Police officers demonstrate to the learners how the dog unit operates (Thabang Kuaho)

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With the commemoration of this year’s Child Protection Week, the Kensington Police and the Metro Police joined hands for an awareness event at Sunderland Primary School on Tuesday 28 May.

The day was filled with healthy meals and treats supplied by GrandWest Casino’s Chefs that Care, a demonstration of how the Metro Police dog unit operates, as well as a motivational talk from the school’s principal Edward Rabie.

Rabie said the children needed to see how the dog unit operates because not all of them knew the different ways the police work to combat crime.

He hoped the police managed to inspire children to at least do something positive with their lives.

“Currently, the community is volatile and kids look up to people who do not do good. Today was a blessing for them (the children) to see police from another point of view and draw inspiration from there.”

Under the theme “Let us all protect children and move Kensington and Factreton forward”, police spokesperson Angeline Grill said the launch aimed to raise awareness, given the current spike of gang violence and shootings in the area.

“Our message to the learners is to give them a sense of hope that there are people who care enough about them to protect them, (so) they should not be putting themselves in positions where they are not protected – by joining gangs, being part of those activities or getting involved in substance abuse,” Grill said.

She further pleaded with the children to stay away from crime scenes and shootings because she believes this puts them in more danger, and puts them in a position to become part of the problems regularly faced in the community.

The Grow Love Foundation also had discussions with learners about gangsterism, bullying and its consequences.

The foundation will also be one of the service providers for the June school holiday programme in the area.

Child Protection Week started on Tuesday 28 May and ends today (Tuesday 4 June).

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