Sandy Strait State School Prep T student Chloe Sengstock, 5, and her classmates with their favourite Adopt-a-Cop Constable Craig Lewis.
Sandy Strait State School Prep T student Chloe Sengstock, 5, and her classmates with their favourite Adopt-a-Cop Constable Craig Lewis. Karleila Thomsen

Adopted cops up for awards

THERE’S nothing the Prep students at Sandy Strait State School love more than a visit from their favourite boy in blue.

For almost three years Constable Craig Lewis from the Hervey Bay police station has been taking the time to work with students at the Hervey Bay school as part of the government’s Adopt-a-Cop program.

He had worked in schools at his previous posting in Mount Isa so when a similar opportunity came up here he volunteered for the job.

The program, which celebrates its 25-year anniversary this year, is aimed at building positive relationships between police and families within school communities.

Const. Lewis said he enjoyed talking with the children and helping them to see the police in a positive light.

“A lot of young kids are scared of police,” he said.

“It’s not so confronting to work with them in this way.”

Last week Const. Lewis took up a police car and quad bike for the children to explore and also pays visits to classes to talk about issues affecting school aged children like bullying and bike safety.

He’s proud of his work and says little things make it worthwhile.

“You see them down the street and they give you a wave,” he said.

“It’s a good feeling.”

As part of the anniversary celebrations teachers and parents are being asked to nominate their officers for the first ever Adopt-a-Cop Awards program.

Sandy Strait acting principal Sharon McMorrow said the teachers and children “love” it when Const. Lewis visits and look forward to nominating him.

She said he took part in school discos, familiarised them with the police vehicles and worked with parents who needed support.

“He takes extra time to get to know everyone,” Ms McMorrow said.

“We think he’s fantastic.”

Nomination forms can be found on the Queensland Police website http://www.police.qld.gov.au under Adopt-a-Cops.

Eight regional winners will be considered by a judging panel for the Queensland Adopt-a-Cop of the Year Award.

Completed forms need to be handed in to the nearest police station by next Wednesday, October 20.



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