“ Adopt A Cop” Officers visit schools across the province as part of School Safety Programme
The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng is visiting schools across the province. SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Dimakatso Sello says, “This is part of the annual beginning of the year roll out of the School Safety Programme that is informed by the memorandum of understanding signed between the SAPS and the Department of Basic Education.”
Colonel Sello goes on to say that the SAPS in Gauteng is committed to ensuring that schools in the province are a safe environment for pupils to learn and also for teachers to teach. She says, “Through the Adopt a Cop project, members at different police stations have “adopted” schools in their policing precinct. These partnerships have been established and are sustained to enable the school management to have a designated police officer as a point of contact to access the services that he school might need from the police station.”
Through the ‘Adopt a Cop’ project each school has a designated police officer who is, “responsible for creating awareness at schools and sensitising learners on the dangers of bullying, substance abuse, dealing in drugs, carrying of dangerous weapons as well as gangsterism among other things.”
Parents have not been left out at all. Colonel Sello explains, “The police will also focus their efforts on engaging parents on the safety of their children when they are being dropped off and picked up from schools.”
Safety tips from SAPS:
*When dropping kids off at school, ensure that the kids have safely entered the school yard before driving off.
*Teach children to move away from strangers at all times, to never give or tell strangers their name or where they live.
- Do not write the child names or details on their backpacks or where it will be easily accessible to strangers.
- Encourage children to use the buddy system and avoid walking or playing alone outside or in public places.
- Practice basic safety skills with your child and teach them to memorise important information such as emergency contact details.
*If you suspect that your child may be missing, act immediately by reporting at your nearest police station, there is no waiting period to report a missing child.
Article was written by Constance van Niekerk, Editor of Afrique Beat News