Students and Teachers of Columba Catholic College, Richmond Hill State School and Central State School have all welcomed Adopt-a-Cops into their schools over the past month.
PLO Brad’s family has a long association with the school with both his grandmother and mother attending Columba as students when they were children.
Constable Jared Parker was adopted into Central State School. Constable Jared looks forward to building relationships with the students and staff in the new year.
The Adopt-a-Cop program was implemented in 1985 to build positive relationships between police and members of the school community through the voluntary appointment of Adopt-a-Cops to schools and other relevant organisations.
Adopt-a-Cops are police officers and police liaison officers who volunteer to participate.
They are generally appointed to primary and secondary schools, but may also be appointed to special schools, early childhood centres and community groups.
Police say the program is an integral part of policing and reflects a greater emphasis on police partnerships with the community.