Police stress safety with K-12 students
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Since last fall, students at Chase County Schools have been hearing a message of safety from the Imperial Police Department (IPD).
It’s been an annual program presented by the IPD for several years. Police Chief Ryan Wisnieski said they use materials from the National Child Safety Council, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the safety of children.
First presentations were with kindergarten students last fall, the police chief said. Meeting at different times throughout the school year when it can be worked in, the presentations will wrap up today (Thursday).
For K-6 students, the programs have addresses such areas as “stranger danger,” police officers-our friends, bullying and internet safety.
For 7-12 students, topics have addressed drugs, dating, domestic violence, sexual assault and the internet.
Financial assistance to put on the program each year has come by way of donations from local businesses and individuals.
However, due to what he sees as a very good program, the police chief said he plans to put the cost in his budget for next year.
The IPD was also busy last weekend with a couple of other service projects, he noted.
Last weekend during the Imperial Theatre showings of “American Sniper,” he and members of the department volunteered all three nights. They worked with 4-H clubs Friday and Saturday then took Sunday night themselves.
Last Friday, they also took part in the scout’s lock-in activities by fingerprinting all participants and presenting a program. Wisnieski said that helped the scouts earn a police merit badge.