Friday, November 20, 2009

Police roll out red carpet for school students


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Petlee Peter


As part of ‘World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse’

Photo: S.Thanthoni

Inquisitive LOT: Police officers interacting with a group of school students at the Kolathur police station on Thursday. —

CHENNAI: Hundreds of students from various schools in the city visited police stations on Thursday as part of an interaction organised as part of the ‘World Day for the Prevention of Child Cbuse’ by the Chennai Police in association with Tulir — Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse.


From 10 a.m. the stations started receiving the students, many of whom were eager to know about the working of the force. Details of various crimes, wireless communication system, traffic rules and even the weapons police personnel use were provided to them.


The students asked a range of questions from how challenging the job was, corruption, and the alleged nexus between police personnel and criminals.


S. Shylaja of Everwin Matriculation Higher Secondary School, who went to the Kolathur station with nearly 20 schoolmates, was excited after seeing a pair of handcuffs. The Class VIII student said that her idea of police stations seen in films changed after the visit. “I even touched a pistol and cartridges.”


Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran, who met students of Pachyappas School at the Flower Bazaar station, said the students’ day out would help break stereotypes of policemen. “We threw open our stations to students to show that police are their friends and not foes. I’m sure the children loved the experience.”


While several of the students gave different reasons on why they want to join the police, one boy said he wanted to serve people.


Senior police officers, including Joint Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners, interacted with the students in their respective police districts. In some stations, such as Mambalam and Kodambakkam, the students were surprised when they got pencils, geometry boxes, notebooks and dictionaries as gifts, besides snacks.


Sixty of the students would be shortlisted through an elocution competition and would get a chance to spend a day in the Commissionerate on November 25.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/11/20/stories/2009112058970300.htm

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