A mem­o­rable day at the po­lice sta­tion

School­child­ren in­ter­act with men in khaki at the Es­planade sta­tion

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - R. Si­vara­man

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.

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