Last stop cop shop for Ed­u­care chil­dren

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

The last en­try in the Te­viot Val­ley Ed­u­care book about the Roxburgh com­mu­nity can now be writ­ten.

Staff mem­ber An­gela Cahill said the po­lice sta­tion was the last place to be vis­ited as it was so dif­fi­cult to find the right time to go but last week saw a crocodile of 21 un­der-5’s make their way around the block to the sta­tion.

Con­sta­ble (soon to be se­nior con­sta­ble) Lance Davies said it was im­por­tant that the chil­dren saw him as a friend and was he happy to open the sta­tion for them, even dress­ing ‘‘po­lice dog Tommy’’ in uni­form, much to the de­light of staff and chil­dren alike.

Cahill said the chil­dren had been to the fire sta­tion, the am­bu­lance rooms and all the shops so this visit meant the book was fin­ished, un­til the next wave of chil­dren came along.

More than 50 chil­dren were on the books of Ed­u­care, al­low­ing some par­ents to hold down jobs and oth­ers to have some free time for them­selves.

The chil­dren had re­cently been do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the Com­mon­wealth Games, and dur­ing Matariki had en­joyed eat­ing hangi through­out the week.

Dress-ups: Roxburgh po­lice­man Con­sta­ble Lance Davies with Te­viot Val­ley Ed­u­care chil­dren Corin Clark, 4, and Mayson Kingi, 2, and po­lice dog Tommy.

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