Building police, school relations
Several Perry Township police officers and one of their K-9 companions ensured that students at Lincoln Elementary had a rousing start to their day on High-Five Friday. Officers Doug Rather, Tom Shambaugh and Alex Hernandez had high-fives for everyone, and the students flocked to pet K-9 officer Brody in what could be described as a little chaotic ... but adorable chaos.
Principal John Sponsel said the event, which was a surprise for the children, provided the opportunity for students, staff and police to build positive relationships. The officers said it’s important that the kids know they do more than just drive around in a car and go after bad guys.
“With the police visiting our school, the children know that they are safe.” Sponsel said. “The children get to see us in person, they get to see the professionalism and they get to see that there's somebody outside of the staff and administration that cares,” Shambaugh said.