Constable Kenny Koala resumes school visits

Constable Kenny Koala 2021

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ACT Policing’s longest-serving member will return to active duty after being sidelined for the past eleven months due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Constable Kenny Koala will return to child-care centres and schools across the ACT from tomorrow (Monday, 8 February 2021) to resume his mission of educating children on safety issues and building a good relationship between young people and police.

The Constable Kenny program has been operating for more than 40 years, with Kenny visiting more than 1200 classrooms a year and teaching more than 25 000 children.

Constable Kenny’s handler, David Packwood, says while Kenny has not been at schools, he hasn’t been off duty.

“It’s been too long for both Kenny and I since we’ve been in the schools, and we’re both looking forward to sharing important messages about road safety, protective behaviour, decision making and online safety,” Mr. Packwood said.

“Our new kindergarten to year 2 Stay OK Online component was only delivered to a few schools last year so it will be good to share those important messages with many more students.”  

Constable Kenny Koala added there’ll be a surprise for children when they see him arrive at their school, this year.

“We can’t wait to get back into the classrooms, and we’re excited about getting there in our new police car, supplied by our friends at AVIS’” Constable Kenny said.

ACT Policing's Constable Kenny Koala program is designed for children aged between three and 12 years old and teaches road safety, protective behaviours, online safety, decision making and consequences and to encourage them to turn to police for help and advice.

For more information, or to book a visit from Constable Kenny, visit the website at https://www.constablekenny.org.au

 

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