Local children find fun in education through Gonzales Police Department
For the last two weeks, local children have been taking part in the Gonzales Junior Police Summer Safety Program. More than 50 local children attend fun and interesting events at the Gonzales Civic Center, aimed at promoting a positive relationship with local law enforcement officers and learning about how to keep safe by looking out for signs that help is needed.
The program has been taking place for 42 years and is free to all participants. Originally a five-week program, the summer session now consists of eight weeks of learning and fun!
Officer Robin Brunke, Detective Jacob Ory, Officer Sue Ferrari and the Gonzales Police Explorers put the program together to entice children aged 8 - 13 to better understand how to contact the police in times of need and how to better understand the importance of certain situations.
“I have always been a huge proponent of this program, and will continue to do so,” said Detective Ory. “I grew up being a part of the Junior Police programs, moving onto the Explorers as I reached my teenage years. From an early age, I knew the importance of viewing the police as the ‘good guys.’ I knew I could go to them in times of worry or trouble. Our goal is still the same – to make every child that comes through this program feel the same way about police officers.”
What a great program with a wonderful mission. Who knows, we may see a couple of our future GPD law enforcement personnel in these photos!