Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - If you were driving past the Brandon Police Service this afternoon, you may have noticed some lights flashing in the parking lot, along with a constable who was surrounded by a crowd of little kids.
That's because Constable Jason Richards was leading a tour for the group of youngsters from Ecole New Era School, who were visiting BPS to learn about what the uniformed officers do in the community.
"The goal is to introduce and educate the children on the many different functions of the service and the roles of Police Officers and civilian employees," said Sgt Dave Andrew.
The first and second graders from Madame Roberts's class were excited to see the flashing lights of the police cruiser, and some even got the chance to push the button for the siren.
Teacher Mme Roberts said, "Some of the kids have never seen a cruiser up close and personal, nor an officer."
"The children get to learn about the different units and sections of the service and the roles of the officers in the units. There are also introductions to both sworn and civilian members," said Andrew.
This is part of community outreach efforts that BPS has been making since the operation first moved into the new station located at 10th Street and Victoria Avenue back in July of 2012.