Charleville High School held a very special ceremony yesterday, to welcome an important member into their school.
Constable Liv Smith became Charleville High Schools Adopt-A-Cop and made her pledge in front a packed hall.
“My role basically will be to foster the relationship between the Police and the School, so I’ll just come down during lunchtimes and at any events that the parents or the teachers or the kids want me to be at,” she says.
Principal Marcus Jones and Senior Sergeant, Adrian Rieck told the kids a bit about the Adopt-A-Cop program and then introduced Constable Smith, who says she is looking forward to working with the high school students.
“I’ll act as a familiar face between the police and the kids so they can talk to someone, if they don’t want to go up to a random police officer, they know me now,”
“A lot of kids have a negative view of police, a lot of people have a negative view of police. We need to put a face to the police so that we look like humans, because we are. So we need kids to be able to come and talk to us, and feel comfortable and safe and know that we’re there to help them – not to just arrest them or give them a ticket,” she says.
This program has been rolled out in schools across Queensland, and is proving to be a great success.
“I’m excited to be a part of it, as I said to the kids, I’ve always wanted to be one – I love schools, it’s really fun for me to be back here to talk to the kids,” says Constable Smith.