Gympie West primary school’s new Adopt-a-Cop, Constable Warwick Mundt, teaches prep students Zoe Parker, Jasmine Lowry and Tristan Bryant how to safely cross the road.
Gympie West primary school’s new Adopt-a-Cop, Constable Warwick Mundt, teaches prep students Zoe Parker, Jasmine Lowry and Tristan Bryant how to safely cross the road. Renee Pilcher

Adopting a new identity

ADOPT-a-Cop Constable Warwick Mundt is no stranger to danger.

Among other important issues, like road safety, he'll be helping the teachers of Gympie West primary school get the message about stranger danger to students.

As the school's brand new Adopt-a-Cop who was inducted yesterday, Const Mundt, hopes to forge a special bond with the students.

With strong ties to the school already (his daughter Vennieta is in Year 2), Const Mundt will strengthen the link between Gympie West and the Queensland Police Service.

While there is nothing new about the Adopt-a-Cop program, Gympie Police has been stepping up this strategy in Gympie since schools went back for 2012.

Throughout this year, the scheme will be rolled out gradually until every school in the district has a contactable police officer. It makes sense that most Adopt-a-Cop officers will have children enrolled at their adoptive schools.

"Our role in the community is to help people keep safe and help them when they are in trouble - a similar role to your teachers," Const Mundt told the children at his induction at the Gympie West school.

"If any of you have a problem you can approach your teachers or myself. Your principal will keep me informed and occasionally I might be asked to come up to school and talk to some of you on an individual basis."

All about Adopt-a-Cops

  • The program started in Queensland in 1985.
  • It is based in primary schools.
  • Police officers volunteer their time to educate children on a number of issues.
  • To find out about your school's Adopt-a-Cop, contact the District Crime Prevention Coordinator on 5480 1400.
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