Po­lice in sad­dle for vi­tal role

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

STU­DENTS at St Pius X Pri­mary School in Man­ning re­ceived an ed­u­ca­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind when po­lice horses Matilda and Syd­ney paid them a visit.

The stu­dents quizzed Con­sta­bles Erin Pullen and Sarah Price about how the horses are trained, how fast they run and who looks af­ter them when they re­tire from duty.

St Pius X prin­ci­pal Daine Bur­nett said the pur­pose of the visit was to in­tro­duce the chil­dren to their lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers while hav­ing a bit of ed­u­ca­tional fun.

“I built up a re­la­tion­ship with the Kens­ing­ton Po­lice via so­cial media and since then the lo­cal po­lice have helped ed­u­cate not only the stu­dents, but also the par­ents,” Mr Bur­nett said.

“We have had Con­sta­ble Care at the school ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren and have been able to ef­fec­tively deal with traf­fic, park­ing and speed­ing is­sues to make the school a safe zone for ev­ery­one.”

Of­fi­cer-in-charge of Kens­ing­ton Po­lice sta­tion Ash­ley Goy said reg­u­lar school vis­its in the area were hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

“Lo­cal po­lice teams are part of the com­mu­nity and we want the kids to see us as their friends,” he said.

Po­lice horses Matilda and Syd­ney visit the staff and stu­dents at St Pius X Pri­mary School in Man­ning.

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