For over 11 years Senior Constable Matt Smith has been an integral part of the Corowa Public School community as their Adopt-A-Cop, but will now retire from the position.
When the school approached the NSW Police asking for someone to fill the role at the school, Matt enthusiastically accepted the opportunity and was officially ‘adopted’ by the school.
The aim of the Adopt-A-Cop program was to develop positive relationships between students and the local police, increase awareness of the role of police and encourage dialogue.
Over his time with the school Matt has:
Delivered talks to classes on the role of police and
facilitated Q&A sessions on community and safety topics
Assisted in classroom activities including reading and writing
Conducted guided tours of the local Police station
Supported our attendance initiatives
Attended excursions to Melbourne and local destinations
Been a regular presenter at our presentation days
Popped in at lunch and recess breaks to connect with students and even play the occasional game of football.
The level of excitement that students demonstrate when he arrives and the confidence with which they interact with Matt shows that he has developed very positive relationships and that their aim in adopting him has been realised.
Corowa Public School said it is with great sadness that they have to say goodbye to Matt, as he moves onto the Albury Highway Patrol and the next stage of his career.
The school is extremely grateful for his time, attitude and approachability and thank him everything he has done for the students and school community.
They wish him well in his new endeavours and hope that he finds time to visit occasionally.