GOOD­WOOD ADOPTS A COP

Con­sta­ble Sch­midt to tar­get bul­ly­ing after adop­tion by pri­mary school

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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