A group of Mary Raber Elementary School first-grade students pose for a silly photo with Columbia City Police Master Patrolman Scott Leatherman Wednesday for National Police Week. From left: Emma Gilbert, Raegan Pratt, Kloe Krieg, Leatherman, Vayden Lawrence, Sam Bechtold and Sam Eberly. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whether police officers are fighting crimes, creating safer neighborhoods, or patrolling the streets in Columbia City, many would agree that their relationships with children are important.
Experts say that the way police interact with children in a community can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety.
Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts donâ€™t go unnoticed â€” especially by the students and Principal Julie Turpin at Mary Raber Elementary School.
In light of National Police Week, first and fifth grade students at MRES discussed how police officers help them, and why they are thankful for local law enforcement.
â€śPolice officers helped me when I got in a car wreck with my mom.â€ť â€” Clare Roemke.
â€śThank you for making sure that no bad people hurt us.â€ť â€” Raegan Pratt.
â€śWhen you save my family, that makes me happy.â€ť â€” Kloe Krieg.
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