Police encounter for preschoolers
GRAFTON Police Station was overflowing with extra numbers yesterday when some new – albeit quite tiny – recruits paid the station a visit.
Thirty littlies from Grafton’s Jack and Jill Preschool journeyed to the station for their annual excursion, organised by Highway Patrol Sergeant Dallas Leven.
In addition to the fun of donning police caps and hats and oohing and ahhing over one of the green highway patrol Holden Commodores, there was also a serious side to the visit.
“We’re starting really early teaching the kids the right information on road safety and wearing helmets,” Sgt Leven said.
He said the excursion also served to familiarise children with the police service.
“It’s an introduction to the police,” he said.
“We want the kids to have a proper understanding of what the police do, rather than be influenced by what they see on TV.
“The police are here to help; that’s the main message.”
The youngsters, aged between 3 and 5, also got to tour the station, including the front counter area, the upstairs offices and the basement.
Grafton Police exhibit officer Senior Constable Paul Johnston, who is also a trained Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) reptile handler, gave the kids a thrill with a reptile display.
The children observed a small python and two blue-tongue lizards – including a 20-year-old blue-tongue named Big Mumma – which they were allowed to pat.