Partnership: Police launched a child-friendly policing approach called Little Police Partner (LPP) on March at Kuensel Phodrang Primary School in Thimphu.
The LPP programme is introduced to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey with the theme to promote child-friendly policing initiatives among the primary school students in Thimphu.
The programme will later expand to other dzongkhags.
Chief of Police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, said the programme would enable children to develop skills and enhance their ability to make positive life choices early in life.
“If the children interact with the police as they grow up, they would definitely develop positive perception about police and learn to recognize information from the environment that is significant to them,” he said.
Under the LPP programme, the police will interact with the children below the age of 14 years in primary schools through various interactive activities.
Children will learn the basics of safety measures, necessary skills to avoid dangerous situations, importance of the crime prevention among children, and develop an understanding the role police. The programme is also targeted to build trust and confidence towards the police and to prevent the children from coming in conflict with the law.
“Children will have fun and learn practical lessons through a number of activities such as know your helpline number, meet the traffic police, chit-chat with the police, say hello to the firemen, take a ride, meet the k9, meet uncle police and own a police souvenir,” said Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel.
He added: “RBP will be looking towards developing an amiable relationship between the police and the children erasing the fear of the police creating awareness on the consequences of coming in conflict with law and finally helping the children to become a responsible and productive citizens.”
Chief of police said, “ We hope that this interaction through LPP programme will provide a positive environment for our children to understand laws, their rights and ways to seek protection services from the police.”