Po­lice on the beat with bag­pipes and kilts

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Nathan Paull

THEY may not have Sting as their front man, but this po­lice band still had its own group of cheer­ing lit­tle fans in Townsville yes­ter­day.

The Kops in Kilts pro­gram – a band of po­lice of­fi­cers and mu­si­cians, dressed in kilts, that play the bag­pipes a n d d r u m s a t s c h o o l s around Queens­land – vis­ited Mar­ian Catholic School and Ryan Catholic Col­lege yes­ter­day, much to the de­light of stu­dents.

Mar­ian school cap­tains James Babao and Ber­nadette Van Mierlo said it was great to watch the po­lice per­form.

‘‘ It was hard to pick a high­light, there were so many,’’ Ber­nadette said, while James thought the bag­pipe ren­di­tion of Bob The Builder was the best.

Prin­ci­pal Karen Pearce said the pro­gram was an i mpor­tant t ool t o s how young peo­ple they did not need to fear the po­lice.

‘‘ This will help let the chil­dren know that po­lice are their friends and that their role is to as­sist and to help them,’’ she said.

Ms Pearce said while it was the first time the pipe and drum band had per- formed at the school, she hoped it would not be the last.

Band leader Paul Fraser said the pro­gram be­gan in Bris­bane in 1997 and has ex­panded to in­clude other parts of the state.

‘‘ It’s very pop­u­lar,’’ said.

‘‘ The kids get to see a dif­fer­ent side of what the po­lice ser­vice does.’’

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Mr Fraser said the trick was keep­ing the per­for­mance as in­ter­ac­tive as pos­si­ble by get­ting the chil­dren to sing and dance along with the band.

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