With the help of Jamestown Police Officer, Ron Powers, Love Elementary School students had the opportunity to try on SWAT gear and learn more about what a police officer does in his or her day as part of a field trip to the JPD. The students, who are part of Project LOVE, visited the JPD and the Jamestown Fire Department to learn more about our local departments that keep the community safe.
Love Elementary School Counselor Patty Duncanson and JPD Captain Bob Samuelson came up with the idea of Project Love, a weekly program, to increase positive interactions/relationships between students and adults. The field trip was a culminating activity for the students who earned the trip by being responsible, respectful and safe.
Each session, Mrs. Duncanson and Captain Samuelson discuss issues that have come up during the week and positive ways of dealing with difficult situations. They also invited guest speakers such as: Jamestown Chief of Police, Harry Snellings, Juvenile Detectives, Laurie Buchanan and Diane Miraglia and Jamestown Fire Department representatives who visited and spoke about fire safety.
“The vast majority of our students have never experienced our community,” said Mrs. Duncanson. “They do not know the ins and outs of what makes our community run. By seeing these places firsthand, it gives them a better understanding of how our community works. It also allows them to meet our service providers firsthand and get to know them and what they do. These opportunities allow students to ask questions and better understand the role the JPD and JFD play in our community and their lives.”