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Constable Charlie Penguin tells children how to stay safe

- June 26, 2012

The mascot of the NSW Police visits The Infants’ Home to offer advice about personal safety and being a good citizen.

Constable Charlie Penguin with his police vehicles at The Infants' Home.

Constable Charlie is the busiest officer in the NSW Police. He travels to schools all over the State to talk to children about staying safe – and this week he came to The Infants’ Home.

Learn Together, Play Together, Stay Together

Constable Charlie says his job is to teach children how to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe.

“My work is to help children identify the safe people in their community, as well as safe places to go when they are lost or frightened, or when they are in danger,” Charlie says.

“I always tell children: Learn Together, Play Together, Stay Together. This is my motto.”

Charlie also told the children his favourite food is trout.

Constable Charlie and his police back-up talk to children and teachers in Robinson House.
 

Police back-up

Supporting Constable Charlie at The Infants’ Home was Inspector Peter McLaughlin, Sergeant Vince Azzopardi, Constable David Turner, Constable Christian McDonald, and Constable Katie Oregan – all from Newtown Local Area Command.

  

(L) Children from Johnson House try out the police van (R) Seamus from Robinson House meets Charlie.
 

Constable McDonald told children what to do when they feel unsafe or unsure.

“Yell as loudly as you can – No, Stop or Go Away!” said Constable McDonald. “These are the best words because they are easy to say and easy to remember.

“And don’t ever forget that police are friendly. You will never get into trouble asking the police for help.”

Children from Johnson House check out the zippy police car with Cnst. Christian McDonald.
 

Charlie’s special book

Constable Charlie gave all the children a copy of his book Keeping Me Safe.

The book is a manual and activity book that helps children to develop their own personal safety strategies, to respect their bodies and their personal space, and to feel empowered to say NO.

       

(L) Charlie from Robinson tests the driver's seat for size (R) Children from Johnson House take over the van.


Child chatter

After some discussion about safe people, safe places, and road safety, Constable Charlie invited the children to look over his police car and a police van.

There was much excited discussion among the children. They asked questions about stopping bad people – especially robbers – and how fast police cars can go when there is an emergency.

“The lights and the siren make the car go faster,” said Oliver, aged 4.

“Charlie’s got big feet so he can run fast,” said Florence, also 4.

    

(L) Constable Charlie in Johnson House (R) Constable Turner helps a very tired Constable Charlie. 

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