The Officer Friendly program is intended for children in Kindergarten
through Third Grade and is taught in both public and private schools. The
officer assigned to this position also runs educational programs and conducts
tours of the Fairfield Police Department for scouts and other youth groups .
The Officer Friendly program has several goals:
To establish a rapport among students, parents and the
police officer by providing the students an opportunity to learn about law
enforcement and the law, through visits by Officer Friendly.
To provide the students with the opportunities to learn
about their rights and responsibilities as citizens and o encourage them to
form positive attitudes toward their own welfare and the welfare of others.
To foster a more supportive attitude toward law enforcement
officials by informing the students about the many services that police
officers provide to the community.
To show the students how to cope with physical hazards and
other dangers in their environment.
There are three phases to the Officer Friendly program:
Phase I: Advises the children who and what to look
for during Halloween and a basic introduction to a police officer, as well
as when and how to use "911". Also to introduce gun safety and
what to do if a child comes across a gun. "No-Go-Tell".
Phase II: "Stranger Danger" and
"No-Go-Tell". This phase shows the children the possible tricks
strangers might do to get a child to go with the stranger. Also introduces
the "Buddy System".
Phase III: Summer Safety and Bicycle Safety. Goes
over safety rules for summer time activities. Crossing the street, how to
ride a bicycle safely (helmet, pads and checking condition of the bike
before riding). and beach and playground safety.
The above goals and phases are accomplished through lecture,
handouts, role playing exercises and other teaching methods. Officers are
selected to this position by a selection committee within the Fairfield Police
Department and serve in this position for several years.
For information call: 203-254-4808