Community oriented policing a priority at Amelia Elementary

The Amelia Village Police Department has been called to the Amelia Elementary almost weekly over the last four weeks but no one was in trouble and no arrests were made. Officer Keith Mahan has been having lunch with Amelia Elementary students.

Amelia Elementary Principal Stephanie Walker said she wanted her students to see police officers in a positive light and to teach the students to trust and respect police, so she invited the Amelia officers to lunch.

“A lot of kids have negative interactions in their home or neighborhood and their interpretation could be that police officers are bad,” Walker said. “I decided to bring somebody in so the the students could see a police officer as a positive role model.”