Auburn Police Chief Larry Jones, Logan County School’s Resource Officer, Eric Evans and Safety Pup presented “Stranger Dangers” to preschool students at all five county elementary schools recently. Also, some of the parents got involved as well.
The Auburn Police Department has joined with others in a wonderful program of reaching out to kids through a character called “Safety Pup.” The cute and cuddly canine made his debut in 1985 conceived and developed by the National Child Safety Council to be a special friend to all children.
Safety Pup was developed to be a friendly and positive role model for children in an effort to make learning about safety issues fun, entertaining, and non-threatening. He has proven to be a successful learning tool used by law enforcement officers and teachers across the country.
While the Safety Pup program was set up to warn children about stranger danger, it is also an attempt by local law enforcement to establish a line of communication and open trust between those same children and the officers that serve them.
The idea to conduct this particular program at the schools was when Jones was a Sargeant at the Auburn Police Department. Now as chief, he is still taking Safety Pup wherever he can to help kids stay safe. He and his wife, Janice, who work Safety Pup around their job schedules, say that they love doing this, and that any labor they put into this program is 100 percent worth it for the children.
Jones applauds the Logan County School system, Jane Wilkins, and the Burden Bearers (Marty Marshall) for their support and participation in the program.
“Anything we can do to help kids is the most important mission we can have,” said Jones. “I appreciate the school system for partnering with Safety Pup and allowing us into their classrooms.”
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