Continuing a successful outreach program that began two years ago, students at the Whiting Elementary School yesterday were taught the ins and outs of law enforcement and given important safety lessons from Manchester Township Police officers.

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The four interactive stations at the October 13, 2016, event allowed elementary students to take a hands-on look at the equipment Manchester Township Police officers use on a daily basis. In the process of learning about these items, students also were presented with important information they can use to stay safe every day such as while traveling in an automobile or while riding a bicycle.

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“I’m glad that our strong partnership with Manchester Township Schools allows our officers to interact with students in a comfortable, educational setting,” said Chief Lisa Parker, who worked with Whiting Elementary Principal Evelyn Swift to organize the event. “These interactive sessions are important because they teach students that we are always here for them, and that they can come to us at any time for help.”

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During the event, Detective Sergeant Christopher Hemhauser and Detective Richard Jupinka gave students a lesson in fingerprints and explained how they serve as unique identifiers. Patrolman Steve Wendruff talked about the K-9 Unit and showed off the capabilities of his partner, K-9 Lynk. Patrolman Peter Manco gave tours of a police SUV, where students were invited to sit inside of the vehicle and examine its equipment. Detective Danny Barker demonstrated the SWAT gear officers use in the field, including a protective ballistic vest, breaching tools, hostage negotiation throw phone, and remote controlled Reconnaissance Robot with video camera.

The Manchester Township Police is proud to maintain a strong relationship with the Manchester Township School District, which includes sharing positive interactions with our students. These interactive events, which began in 2014, were organized after some female students inquired whether they could pursue a career in law enforcement. While planning a program showing the inclusiveness of the profession, it grew into an opportunity to give students a thorough view of law enforcement and safety through hands-on learning stations.