Warwick schools sign up for Adopt-A-Cop program
A HANDFUL of schools across Warwick have put their hands up to join in the Adopt-A-Cop program, in a bid to boost the relationship between students and local police.
At a conference held this week, Senior Sergeant Stewart Day briefed principals on what the program entailed and said the response was positive.
"All who attended were very keen to get on board," Snr Sgt Day said.
He said the program provided students with the opportunity to liaise with police and seek support from a familiar face if needed.
Each school who nominates to be a part of the program is allocated an adopt-a-cop, who will perform a number of duties with the school including delivering presentations, attending events, conducting informal drop-ins, attending meetings and excursions and more.
"We are in the process of having officers adopted by schools and some schools are already participating and have adopt-a-cops already," Snr Sgt Day said.
He said students would benefit from having a cop to work with closely.
"(Benefits include) the enhanced safety and wellbeing of children through education; positive attitudes of children towards police and the community; the encouragement of law abiding behaviour; increased community satisfaction with the QPS and greater community support of the QPS," Snr Sgt Day said.
Teachers to attend the conference were Jason Callcott from Warwick West State School, Christine Dolley from Central SS, Terrence McCorkell from Christian College, Paul O'Mara from Glennie Heights SS and Warren Elder from Warwick East SS.
The Adopt-a-Cop program was implemented in 1985 and QPS hopes to revamp the program this year and strengthen its presence in the community.