“Officer Phil” Visits with St. Mary School Elementary Students

What do magic, games and ventriloquism have to do with safety? Ask “Officer Phil”!

Officer Phil
Pictured: Sydney Wiegand and Adam Frackowiak play a safety game with Bob Abdou from Creative Safety Products

The Chardon Police Department, in cooperation with Creative Safety Products, helped to provide the elementary students at St. Mary School with a fun, entertaining and informative assembly about safety this week. During the live presentation, students learned about the dangers that exist around them and the instructors helped to reinforce proper actions they can take if confronted with a problem.

School resource officer Mike Shaw played along with the students in interactive games, helping him feel less intimidating to the kids and approachable should they ever need his help. Chief of Police Scott Niehus stated in a letter, “The City of Chardon Police Department is hopeful that the continued personal contact your child has with our officers will constitute a trustworthy and respectable relationship that will endure throughout the child’s developmental years and extend into his/her adult life.”

To reinforce what the children learned in the live presentation, each child is given a grade-specific activity book and other interactive materials to take home and work on with their parents or guardians and teachers throughout the year. These are sponsored and provided with the help of local area businesses.

Pictured: St. Mary student, Matthew Hribar shakes the hand of School Resource Officer Mike Shaw following the “Officer Phil” program
Pictured: Chief of Police Scott Niehus shakes the hand of St. Mary student Claire Daugherty following the “Officer Phil” program.
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