Evansville Police Department continues daily visits to Evansville Elementary
EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Evansville Police Department and Natrona County School District are working to promote safety and positive relationships at Evansville Elementary. Officers are returning to the school once again for daily visits.
“It’s a positive interaction. It gets the officers interacting with the kids. Occasionally, a teacher will grab one of the officers as they’re walking through the hall and say ‘Hey they have questions they’d like to ask you’ and other guys will go out and throw a football on the playground with the kids,” said Mike Thompson, Chief of Police for Evansville Police Department.
Evansville Police Department officers spend around an hour a day at the school interacting with students. They want to be able to show young children that they are personable and here to help. These daily visits allow for students to get to know law enforcement in a different way. Officers hope that by building these relationships at a young age, these children will feel more comfortable approaching them in any situation.
“It’s a good positive outlook for them you know? They can look up to us now instead of ‘oh it’s a scary cop’ it’s ‘oh it’s a fun cop coming to give us candy or just hang’ or just if they want to talk,” said Ian Masopust.
Evansville Police Department and NCSD will have this program for at least the next five years.
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