COLUMBIA CITY — 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 County’s law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts don’t go unnoticed — 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.
“Police officers helped me when I got in a car wreck with my mom.” — Clare Roemke.
“Thank you for making sure that no bad people hurt us.” — Raegan Pratt.
“When you save my family, that makes me happy.” — Kloe Krieg.
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