Children and Parents from CDC Head Start received a special visit from some familiar faces during a fieldtrip to Region 19 Head Start Career City. Officer Ernie Arredondo and Detective Samantha Griffith stopped by the interactive indoor learning community to give a brief presentation on their roles and responsibilities as police officers, as well as, community safety.
Children were instructed on how and when to call 911 as well as the importance of knowing vital information such as their names and addresses. They also were taught bike safety, stranger danger, and even how to safely wait on the sidewalk for parents picking them up, and not run out into the parking lot.
Head Start Parents were instructed on how to identify a police officer by his or her credentials, and shown details to look for to authenticate uniforms, badges and ID cards.
“Whether in plain clothes or in uniform, a real police officer will always be able to show you both an ID and a badge. Always call the precinct or even 911 to verify the officer if you are ever in doubt,” Griffith warned.
At the end of the presentation, Arredondo and Griffith spent time exploring the Career City learning stations with the children.
“We are friends. We are here to help and protect you,” Arredondo explained, “Even if we are off duty, or if there is a police officer who lives on your street- if you need them, they will always help you.”
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