A memorable day at the police station
Schoolchildren interact with men in khaki at the Esplanade station
It was a picnic at one of the city’s oldest police stations at Esplanade for 50-odd primary schoolchildren on Wednesday when they got to see the friendly faces and big smiles of the usually rough and tough men in khaki.
Established in 1856, the Esplanade police station has seen thousands of police officers, accused and complainants in its long history. Wednesday came as a pleasant surprise for even the policemen as they received the children at the doorstep to show them they can also sport a smile and be gentle.
The children from MSB Matriculation School, Mannady, accompanied by teachers, spent nearly an hour at the police station to know the functioning of the police force. “The children were very happy when we shook hands with them. We took them around the police station and explained how we work. We told the kids that the policemen are very friendly. We tried to explain in a way they could understand,” said S. Saravana Prabhu, Inspector of Police, Esplanade Police Station.
“We were so happy to receive them. It was a break from the boredom of receiving complainants or bringing the accused to the station. The children were sweet to us,” another police officer said.
Learning tour: Children of a primary school with police officers during a visit to the Esplanade police station on Wednesday.