Continuing a successful program that began last year at Manchester Township Elementary School, students at Whiting Elementary recently 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 Oct. 21 event allowed 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, children were given important information they can use to stay safe while in an automobile or on a bike.

“I’m glad that our partnership with Manchester 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. “It’s important that students recognize that they can come to us at any time for help.”

Photo 2Detective Sergeant Christopher Hemhauser and Detective Rich Jupinka gave students a lesson in fingerprints and explained how they serve as unique identifiers. Patrolman Christian Nazario showed off one of the department’s Humvees, which police rely upon primarily in disaster situations, while Patrolman Peter Manco gave tours or a police SUV. Students were invited to sit inside of the vehicles and examine their equipment.

Then, Detective Danny Barker demonstrated the SWAT gear and vehicle officers use in the field. Students were able to see a protective ballistic vest, breaching tools, hostage negotiation throw phone, and remote controlled Reconnaissance Robot with video camera that can enter spaces deemed too dangerous for an officer.

The Manchester Township Police is proud to maintain a strong relationship with the Manchester School District, which includes sharing positive interactions with our students. These 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.