Kids learn policing through Crime Busters program
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Kids in Alaska practiced making 911 calls and learned several police procedures as part of an initiative created to teach children about the duties of a police officer.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the children in attendance Saturday at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum participated in dusting for fingerprints, handcuffing, evidence searches and using a facial recognition and sketching program for the Crime Busters program.
Volunteers in Policing Executive Director Lorna Illingworth says some activities in the program, such as the arrest and search lesson, are designed to correct misconceptions kids might get from TV and video games.
The Crime Busters program offers longer, more-intensive training in addition to the short version presented Saturday. Illingworth says she hopes “everybody comes out of the program with something positive, and respect for police.”
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com