THANKFUL FOR POLICEMEN: Mary Raber students tout local officers for National Police Week

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.

First graders

“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.To read the rest of this story, see the May 17 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.