The 2015 Bellville Safety town began this week as participants from around the area filed into the New Life Church, ready for two weeks of individual and community safety lessons.
Students entering kindergarten at Bellville or Butler Elementary this fall have had a week’s worth of lessons ranging from learning how to cross the street to seeing a medical helicopter landing demonstration.
The free event is put on by director Deb Altman, who works closely with the Bellville Police Department to arrange appearances from area public service organizations.
“This is one of the best things about the job,” explained Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey. “It’s a great opportunity to show kids this side of policing and establish a relationship between the force and students.”
Willey and other area law enforcement agencies will teach kids about the role of police next Tuesday at their designated ‘police day’.
“I took over as chief in 2001 and made safety town a priority” he said. “The program works. I have kids approach me in the hallways at school and want to talk.” It teaches kids early about the importance of community policing Wiley stated.
Safety Town runs through Aug. 14 and conclude with a graduation ceremony.
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