Cop a friend in need for Tenthill Lower students

ADOPT-A-COP: Tent Hill Lower State School students Kyha Black, Chloe Hamblin, Alex Lindenmayer and Aerna Spierling welcome Constable Amber Belford to their school.
ADOPT-A-COP: Tent Hill Lower State School students Kyha Black, Chloe Hamblin, Alex Lindenmayer and Aerna Spierling welcome Constable Amber Belford to their school. Amy Lyne

THE faces of students at Tenthill Lower State School lit up as their newest member walked into the room.

Principal Janelle Kowitz said the smiling faces were excitement for Constable Amber Belford who was to be inducted as the school's Adopt-a-Cop.

"It has been a long time since we have had an Adopt-a-Cop and I am quite sure we will see lots and lots of Constable Amber," she said. Constable Belford told students she felt privileged to become their Adopt-a-Cop.

"I hope that through my involvement with the school I will promote an understanding of the police functions in the community and assist with education and development of the students," she said.

She said she hoped to see all of the students on a regular basis and get to know them all through her role. Senior Constable Amber Scott explained to the students what Constable Belford's role was at the school. "Constable Amber's role is not an enforcement role, so not if you get in trouble - that is not her job to come and talk to you - her job is to come and befriend you," Snr Const Scott said to the students.

She told them they could talk to Constable Belford if they had any problem as she was now part of their school community.

Constable Belford kick-started her role as an Adopt-a-Cop by handing out school certificates, answering policing questions and giving the students a chance to get up close to a real police vehicle.

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