Grade two and three students from Eastview Public School visited the Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit to decorate a Christmas tree, part of a longtime tradition.
The children, all of whom belong to the Aboriginal community, crafted the ornaments at school and helped officers put them up on December 9 at headquarters. After decorating, they sang carols, taught officers a drum circle song and toured the police museum. They ended the day with a pizza lunch.
“It builds a relationship with the unit and helps with youth outreach,” said Constable Monica Rutledge of the APU. “It’s about celebrating the season too,” she added.
Retired Constable Kim Turner, who started the tradition 11 years ago, said the idea was to make youth and children feel more comfortable with police officers. Reflecting Turner’s view, class teacher Christina Saunders said the idea of having officers and children mingle was “good for the kids to know the police are cool.”