Sandusky police reach out to teens

A new Sandusky police-issued pamphlet aims to educate teenagers on their rights while strengthening the bond between officers and students.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 3, 2012

Police administrators recently printed 600 copies of the department’s first ever “Respect Booklet.”

About eight officers compiled information during the past year to complete the 34-page handout.

Every seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade student attending Sandusky High School will receive a booklet in the coming weeks. Sandusky school resource Officer Chris Rankins will spearhead lessons on topics such as driver’s license rules, curfews and sexting.

More importantly, Rankins plans to teach children about police officers wanting to work with students to create a positive relationship.

“We are not out to target (teenagers and students), even though a lot of them think that’s what we do,” Rankins said. “I don’t want them to be afraid of me just because I’m a police officer. I’m there to help.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register and check out a PDF of the booklet below.

Comments

donutshopguy

Read through the "Respect Booklet". Full of information that is common sense.

Must not be common anymore. There's your problem.

Housej

I'm sure they are all going to read it.

allrhetoricanyway

How about sophomores thru Seniors>> Uhhh that's where some stuff has to be laid down!!

wiredmama222

Maybe they are too old to get through to? Their minds are made up by that time? Just saying.

allrhetoricanyway

So what about sophomores thru seniors??

donutshopguy

Must be too late to save the older kids. I'm not to sure they shouldn't start even earlier.

asweetnessabove

I have to agree. Start younger and don't stop. I can't tell you how many times I've heard a parent tell their TODDLER... "I'm going to call the police unless you be good!". Are you kidding me? That's not an appropriate thing to say! These children need to know that the police are there to protect and serve! No wonder these kids grow up to be afraid of cops. These kids nowadays need guidance, support and love. And it darn well should not be coming from teachers and police officers, not to say that they can't offer it, but. It's starts at
home and others follow.

Katelih-Trailer...

I think the respect booklet is a fantastic idea !

wiredmama222

I would like to see an abbreviated version of this made for kids in grade school. Start young, like fourth grade. Then maybe these kids would get the point. They have cellphone, too. Like sweetness says, start young.

NineMM

I agree with most on here that it needs to be given to pre-teens. Last week a young male about 8 years old spray painted profanities and grafitti on my building and fence. I would have called the police had I personally witnessed it. My neighbor seen him and told me when I discovered it. She described the young vandal to me and I noticed a kid matching his description and actually overheard him bragging about doing it to two of his friends...................He still denied it. I chased them all off. They need to reach out way before the teens.

starryeyes83

kids still know how to read?