Members of the Gold Street police have been stepping up efforts to foster good relations in the Parade Gardens area, particularly the Southside community, in Kingston.
Their latest stop was at the infant department of the Holy Family Primary and Infant School yesterday. Led by Sergeant Carl Simpson, the police team held devotion with the children, and taught them about road safety.
"It's all part of the police community initiative, trying to get closer to the community," said Simpson. "And the children are the foundation, so we have to start building from there." Simpson noted the area had been peaceful for about a year.
"We are glad for their presence," said Charmaine Ferguson, coordinator for the infant department. "Road safety is on our curriculum and is very important, so I'm glad they chose that topic for this morning."
Apart from the tips, Simpson and the team delivered another message: "The police are your friends."
"The police are a part of your community," he told them. "You must see them like they are your parents." He admitted many children growing up in certain areas see the police as enemies, but felt visits like this help to break the stigma.