West Jordan school safety assembly working to raise awareness

Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-31 17:38:56-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- West Jordan police and the Utah Department of Transportation teamed up with Westland Elementary School Monday to give kids an unforgettable lesson about safety.

Westland Elementary students gathered in the school gymnasium for a safety assembly, where they were visited by a K-9 officer and another officer who rode in to the school on her police motorcycle.

The goal was teaching children that no matter what an officer looks like- furry or on wheels- they are always your friend.

The West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond also taught kids about strangers, both in person and online.

“There are a lot of predators especially on the web. Kids nowadays, like even my six-year-old grandson gets on the web,” Diamond said. “And they do things so what they see, what they get enticed to do by adults, that's one of the biggest safety things I'm afraid of.”

UDOT also shared its September "Walk More in Four" program.

The program urges students and parents to consider walking to school, rather than driving, for the majority of September.

Last year, over 2,000 students from 190 schools participated in "Walk More in Four." Click here for more information.