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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pratt Police Department providing resources for kids

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  • The Pratt Police Department has always responded to requests for presentations at local schools. This year, they're stepping up the effort by naming a school resource officer who will be present on a more regular basis, and possibly have office space at the school.
    "We're in the process of coordinating that," Chief Gary Myers said.
    The department has also partnered with a company called Community Safety Net, to provide resources for students in third through sixth graders.
    Jack Hopkins was in Pratt earlier this week, selling sponsorships for the program, which covers safety topics relating to all terrain vehicles, babysitting, bicycles, bullying, Internet safety and on down the alphabet.
    The program includes books with interactive DVDs, sections for parents and games and quizzes to keep the kids engaged, with the potential to win prizes.
    Police officers will distribute the books through the schools, Myers said.
    The initiative is new this year in Pratt, but the company has "been around forever, all over the country," according to Hopkins.
    The cost to sponsor material for a single child is $15 plus tax. Various levels of support are available. Anyone who wants to participate but was not contacted may call Hopkins at 785-969-8040 or email jhopkins@communitysafetynet.com
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