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LMPD visits elementary school to create positive relationships with police

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Prevention is better than prosecution: that's the idea behind a new program for elementary students.

It's building a relationship with police between kindergarten and fourth grade students in District One in Louisville. The program kicked off at Kennedy Montessori this morning.

"The horse I'm not scared of, but the dog I'm scared of," student Samiya Taylor said.

LMPD showed off its mounted patrol --- one of its K9 officer and members of the dive team explained what they do. Officers visiting the school hope to take away the fear by showing students the ins and outs of the department.

The goal is to form positive relationships with police at an early age. 

The first stop in the tour targets kids in district one. It's a visit organizers say is critical to achieving safe neighborhoods.

"It's important because oftentimes our children only see what happens in the media," said Principal Opal Dawson. "They only see what happens on TV. This is an opportunity for them to see early on that it's not always bad when they are working with the police."

The officers say it is nice to be able to have this interaction with children.

"I think it's a great thing for them to see the other side of law enforcement and we're out here to help them and protect them," officer Milton Santos said.

The program was launched by Metro Councilperson Jessica Green. With unrest over police actions making national headlines, the councilwoman says it is important for children to have an understanding that police are there to protect and serve -- not just make arrests.

"When there's a vehicle in the water, then the divers have to dive into the water and save the person," explained student Sherman Smith.

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