GOODWOOD ADOPTS A COP
Constable Schmidt to target bullying after adoption by primary school
GOODWOOD has welcomed a new member to its school, but don’t expect to see Michael Schmidt fitting into a school uniform any time soon.
The local constable was officially adopted by Goodwood State School at a special assembly as part of Queensland Police Service’s Adopt-A-Cop scheme.
The long-tunning Adopt-A-Cop program started in 1985 with the aim of building positive relationships between police and members of the school community.
Const Schmidt has become the latest officer to be adopted and the 37-year-old said he was excited to be part of the program.
“It’s always been something I’ve wanted to take part in,” Const Schmidt said.
Const Schmidt has been stationed at Childers for about 18 months and before that was based at Hervey Bay.
He was often overlooked for adoption at Hervey Bay due to the small number of schools and high number of police in the area.
That is an issue he has not had at Childers, however, and he was clearly chuffed to receive his certificate of adoption, plus an invite to the school disco.
Beyond the fun is a serious side to the officer’s involvement – he wants to stamp out bullying.
“That’s one of my priorities,” Const Schmidt said.
“I want to educate kids on what to do to solve bullying problems.
“Bullying is something that no one should have to put up with.
“I hope they can come to me if they have issues and I can help them.”
WELCOME: Constable Michael Schmidt has been adopted by Goodwood State School, much to the delight of students (from left) Josh Lane, Yana Holmes, Brent Hass, Max Staiv and principal Steve Coleman.