Police officers visit Harmony Primary School to build trust and understanding

Murdoch Police Constable Dean Preedy with Harmony Primary School pre-primary student Charlie Grey, of Atwell. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d429034
Murdoch Police Constable Dean Preedy with Harmony Primary School pre-primary student Charlie Grey, of Atwell. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d429034

HARMONY Primary School kids learnt the ins and outs of what it is like in the front and the less favourable back of a police vehicle last Monday.

Constable Dean Preedy was one half of Murdoch’s local policing team to visit on the day.

He said the trip was simply about introducing themselves to students.

‘There’s no message in particular,’ he said.

‘It’s simply just about getting out and introducing ourselves to the kids.

‘A lot of times we’ll be walking through the shops and parents will say ‘that’s who will take you away if you don’t behave’.

‘But we want kids to feel comfortable to come to us if they have a problem.’

Teacher Lucy Atkins said students had been learning about community helpers and the importance of having police officers, fire fighters and paramedics in the community.

‘The purpose of the police officers visiting our school was to connect the children positively to the role of the police in the community, giving them a sense of security and insight into all aspects of their job,’ she said.

‘The children had so much fun interacting with the officers and are eagerly awaiting another visit.’