Tulsa Students Go One-On-One With Police Officers

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 4:37 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa students are getting to know the men and women who protect and serve the city.

The Mayor's Police and Community Coalition and Tulsa Public Schools want kids to know that cops are real people too and not someone they should be afraid of.

It hosted a special forum Wednesday at the Fulton Learning Academy with students from a variety of schools. Officers spent time talking with the kids.

The idea is to make them feel comfortable around cops; let them know what might trigger getting stopped by police, how to act if that happens and some overall tips to create a safe environment at school and in their community.

"It was really nice of them to, you know, take their time off from their busy days and patrolling, to come, you know, teach us about what they do, how their experience taught them different things about life," Fareedah Shayeb, a student, said. "I think it's really neat for them to come do that for us."

Students said getting to know the officers is great because they're more likely to open up to someone they feel comfortable with.