Child Safety: First and Forever with Officer Bill
By: Sgt. Bill Davis
Most adults know this thirty-eight year police veteran as Sgt. Bill Davis. But, his “little friends know him as “Officer Bill.” Officer Bill’s 30-minute program for preschool and elementary school age children discussed several topics with his audience. Officer Bill begins his program with a discussion about community helpers and heroes and who are real heroes in the daily lives of our children. He empowers the children to be heroes in their own life. Children do not usually forget Officer Bill's message about gun safety as he shows the children where a careless friend shot him with a gun. He continues with discussions about bicycle safety, traffic signs, and seat belts. Other topics that Officer Bill discusses with children are "stranger-danger," getting lost, "911," and drugs. The topic of "bullies" is dealt with extensively, and in a way that even pre-k boys and girls can comprehend. Officer Bill concludes with a discussion about the sensitive issue of good touches and bad touches, and what Officer Bill calls the “UH-OH” touch. The program is presented in a positive and tasteful manner, and on a level that the youngest student can comprehend. Officer Bill adds an extra 15-minutes to the program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, discussing the issue of "accountability" and how they can now go to jail if they commit crimes because they are 10-years old or older. The topic of "bullies" is revisited and discussed in a more direct fashion for older elementary students. The information Officer Bill gives these "little ones" could possibly save a child's life. Officer Bill’s interaction with the children throughout the program keeps their attention at a constant and high level.
1. Many children are taught by perpetrators to not tell “the secret” of being sexually exploited. Officer Bill gives these children permission to tell this secret to someone they trust.
2. Officer Bill’s message of gun safety has saved countless little lives from possible injury and death as he personally shows children where a careless adult friend shot him.
3. Officer Bill’s message leaves a lasting positive impression concerning these important topics on their impressionable little minds. His information could easily save their life.
Note: This program is now on DVD.
The program is also published in an educational coloring book.
All three items are available through corporate or organizational sponsorship, or individual purchase.