The second graders of Lincoln Elementary took a walking field trip to the Junction City Police Department on May 17, 2017. They first learned about Barney, the K9, from Officer Blake. Barney can assist police officers in dangerous situations, as well as help find objects that may be otherwise lost. The students were surprised when Barney sniffed out an object quickly that had been hidden in the nearby field. This skill can be used by police to locate discarded evidence in criminal investigations.
Next, the students climbed into a police vehicle, with lights flashing! They learned about the tasks that detective take on and how robotics can be involved in a career in law enforcement. These police robots range in size from very small to remote-controlled car size, that can even climb stairs, be equipped with cameras, and have the capability to communicate with individuals.
Switching gears, the students headed inside the police station to learn more about the facility and what the individual divisions are responsible for: office employees, officers, captain, clerks, and dispatchers. Their tour ended with a D.A.R.E. review. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is taught in most USD 475 schools as a preventative measure.