Adopt­ing the po­lice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN High School has their very own po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter Con­sta­ble Ja­son Fal­lon was sworn in on Mon­day, as part of the adopt-a-cop pro­gram.

Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice has run the pro­gram since 1985 to build pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships be­tween po­lice and mem­bers of school com­mu­ni­ties and with a re­cent in­crease of po­lice staff in Moss­man, the lo­cal sta­tion has been able to vol­un­teer at the Moss­man High School.

Con­sta­ble Fal­lon was cho­sen be­cause he has high-school aged chil­dren of his own and with his proud indige­nous her­itage, he is able to re­late to all stu­dents and be a role model for the indige­nous com­mu­nity.

‘‘I want to get more in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and thought the high school is a good place to do that and I can re­late bet­ter to high school stu­dents,’’ he said.

‘‘I hope to in­flu­ence the stu­dents and show them that po­lice aren’t just law en­forcers, we are here to talk to if you need help. I hope to be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence and will en­deav­our to cre­ate a close friend­ship be­tween po­lice and stu­dents.

‘‘I want to show the stu­dents that they don’t have to be afraid of po­lice and give them broader knowl­edge of what po­lice can do for them - and I have al­ready been asked sev­eral times if I can taser a stu­dent.’’

Un­for­tu­nately for those keen stu­dents, Con­sta­ble Fal­lon will not be taser­ing them for fun, but he will be there dur­ing his shifts vis­it­ing the school reg­u­larly, keep­ing an eye out at the gate dur­ing the be­gin­ning and end of school and be­ing avail­able to an­swer any ques­tions the stu­dents might have.

Of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Moss­man Po­lice Sta­tion Matty Smith at­tended the swear­ing in cer­e­mony and said the adopt-a-cop pro­gram is an im­por­tant ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘With a full com­pli­ment of staff, we are striv­ing to pro­mote QPS through in­te­gra­tion in the com­mu­ni­ties. All schools in the Moss­man di­vi­sion will have an of­fi­cer sworn in over the next 28 days,’’ he said.

‘‘ We want to be pos­i­tive role mod­els and pro­mote the po­lice ser­vice as a po­ten­tial ca­reer and dis­pel any myths and stereo­types.’’

Moss­man High Prin­ci­pal Deb­o­rah Kachel said the school was ex­cited to have their own po­lice of­fi­cer.

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