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Police Talk

on May 28, 2012

Ally is going to be 4 years old this summer. She starts school in the fall, and is involved with soccer. As she gets older and more independent (that’s right, my 4 year old is getting more independent) I start looking for opportunities to teach her things that may help her one day.

When a cruiser passed us about a month ago it hit me that this would be a good time to teach her about emergency workers, and how she can rely on them when she gets into trouble. Neveryoumind about the sickos who dress up as police officers and snatch your children, I can’t teach her the ‘whatifs’ for everything – especially not at this age.

For now, our lessons consist of identifying police officers and their vehicles, and talking about howyou can always go to a police officer is you are lost or in danger. We look for the word ‘POLICE’ on the sides of vehicles and on the badges of the officers. Down here there are three different types of police officers: regional, provincial, and …federal? The two we see most often are regional and provincial so we identify those cars most frequently.

We’ve even seen a few motorcycles.

Lucky us, we were at the local mall recently and they had a Police Display set up! Officers from all branches, pamphlets, stickers, and one kind officer even found two ‘missing child kits’ for us, so I could fingerprint-hairsample-photograph-identifying features my kids in case they get lost or stolen. I made sure to encourage the girls to talk to or wave to the officers, and then I asked one what information I should be teaching my kids in case they get lost and the police find them. What would make it easier for them to identify ME to return my child to the appropriate person?

  • name
  • age
  • address
  • phone number

The officer said that they would ask a lot of questions, as many as necessary, to attempt to find out as much as possible from the child. This would help narrow the search. Ally knows her name, age, and the city she lives in. We’ve been working on the actual address ever since.

The third type? RCMP – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I’m fairly certain they’re considered federal. There WAS an RCMP officer at the display, luckily, so I got to show the girls their uniform style (which is different from the other officers in the area) and tell them that these officers ride horses instead of driving cars.

How to identify a police officer? Tell your kids to look for the stripes on their pants.

The officers mentioned that the pants were sometimes easiest for kids to identify because they were eye level.

All I can do is hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. Have you had any discussions with your kids about police officers? Who do you tell your kids to go to if they need help? Is there something else you prepare your children for? Have you addressed ‘stranger danger’?

Sheesh, being a parent can be so exhausting.

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2 responses to “Police Talk

  1. I really gleaned a ton of information from this post, thank you! My 2yo can identify police cars but I’m not sure police officers. He also knows his name age and city but not his address or phone number. And I like that tip about the officers’ stripe on their pants!

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