Safety for little ones

2016-09-20 06:00
Warrant Officer John Bartlett with the children of Blouvlei Nursery School in Retreat showing off 10111 with their fingers at the safety walk.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett with the children of Blouvlei Nursery School in Retreat showing off 10111 with their fingers at the safety walk.

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Steenberg police officers say part of their priority is to keep children safe.

To make sure that happens, on Wednesday 8 September they visited Blouvlei Nursery School in Retreat to teach the children about safety.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, Steenberg police spokesperson, says the children were introduced to the police officers and taught about safety. “The children, between the ages of three and six, had a very informative session as they were taught about how to keep safe. What intrigued me the most is the fact that the children have a huge knowledge of what is expected of them. They were eager to know more,” he says.

Before the talk there were two children who were afraid of the police.

“I quickly intervened and spoke to these scared children in a fatherly manner, and the rest was history. They didn’t see a police officer, but a father, and then everything ran smoothly,” he says.

Bartlett says parents are often the cause of children being scared of the police.

“Parents make children scared of us because they tell them that they will contact the police if they are naughty. This is a call to parents to refrain from doing this because when the child will find him/herself in a tight spot, and if they go missing, they will run further away when they see a police officer. We don’t want children to be scared of us but to know that we are a source of help and they must run to us in case there is a problem,” he says.

V Crèches and educare centres in the Steenberg policing precinct can contact Warrant Officer Bartlett on 071 604 8381 or 021 702 9001 if they want a police official to visit the organisation or do a presentation. Bartlett also does safety talks for seniors.

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