Crestwood Public pupils taught to stay safe

One hundred year 4 pupils visited The Hills Council on Wednesday to learn about staying safe these school holidays.

During the visit Crestwood Public pupils heard from Hills mayor Michelle Byrne about the perils of cyberbullying.

Hills local area commander Superintendent Rob Critchlow and youth liason officers Senior Constable Rob Patterson and Constable Christie Desira talked them through the basics of policing.

“The officers reminded children of the importance of looking out for each other and staying safe throughout the school holidays,’’ Cr Byrne said.

“Senior Constable Patterson explored an issue that probably wasn’t so big 10 to 15 years ago and that’s mobile phone and online safety.’’

Officers also helped de-mystify some of the items on an officer’s uniform — including the capsicum spray and handcuffs — by explaining their uses to deter criminals.

They told the pupils they only drew their guns as a last resort.

Pupils also got to tour the command bus and each received a showbag containing wristbands, balloons and stickers which reinforced the cyber safety message.

Wednesday’s visit was organised by Cr Byrne and radio personality Gareth McCray.

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