Policeman teaches kids new to the country not to be afraid of police

5:06 PM, Nov 1, 2011   |    comments
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Local police officer takes an interest in kids who are new to this country and ends up helping the whole community.

Greensboro --  About 4 years ago, Captain John Wolfe of the Greensboro Police Department found out about the Newcomers School.   It's a school for kids who are new to the country.  They can attend for a year to get acclimated before being put into a regular public school. 

Captain Wolfe originally went to help the teachers.  He wasn't there long before he realized the kids and even their families need him too.  Many of the kids in the school don't speak English, and neither do their families.  They may have come from a country where life wasn't very good and they weren't safe.  Some of the countries have military police, where they protect the government instead of the people.  In many cases, the police are to be feared.

Captain Wolfe recognized that fear and realized it wasn't only the children who were afraid of the police, but also their families.  He set out to let the kids and parents know the police in the United States are here to help and not hurt them.  They don't have to worry about being attacked by the police.  It's even ok to call 911 if they need help. 

Captain Wolfe has not only held informational meetings for the families with as many as seven translators present, he's taken it a step farther.  He visits the kids regularly at school just to hang out with them.  Last year, he even brought an ice cream truck with free treats for everyone. 

If you would like to help the kids, they can always use clothing, coats and shoes.  Many have come from tropical places and don't have what they need for winter.  If you would like to help, contact Angel Katona at the Newcomers School at 316-5883.

WFMY News 2

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