Adopting the police
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.