PPD officers lend a hand on National Walk to School Day
Students who walked or biked to school Wednesday morning around Porterville enjoyed some extra peace of mind and protection as Porterville Police Department officers were staged around town to make sure they all got to their respective campuses safely.
PPD joined in National Walk to School Day Oct. 10 located at multiple schools from the Porterville Unified School District and Burton School District.
While students walked and rolled to school, members of the PPD assisted with circulation like crossing guards and deployed additional officers to the neighborhoods near schools to enforce traffic laws.
PUSD and BSD joined schools from around the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day in partnership with PPD to send a unified safety message to the community.
Police officers were located at Westfield Elementary on the corner of Prospect and Pioneer Ave, Roche Elementary on the corner of Morton and Roche St., and Burton Elementary School on the corner of Morton and Westwood Street.
National Walk to School Day raised awareness to create safer routes from walking and bicycling, also to emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.
PPD is also in the middle of their Pink Patch Project, a month-long campaign to sell 500 special pink PPD patches to raise $5,000 to donate to Sierra View Medical Center’s Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center.
PPD Lieutenant Josh Maniss said he hopes to build a connection between the law enforcement, kids, community and families during the month of October through the program. For more information on the Pink Patch Project, call (559) 782-7402.
PPD officer Ayala, right, greets students while controlling morning traffic Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the intersection of Roche Street and Morton Avenue.