Marsden Scouts host Logan Police

WORTHWHILE: The Marsden Scouts welcomed officers from the Logan District Crime Prevention Unit on Tuesday.
WORTHWHILE: The Marsden Scouts welcomed officers from the Logan District Crime Prevention Unit on Tuesday.

The Marsden Scouts were made honorary junior police and given lessons about stranger danger when they met with officers from the Logan District Crime Prevention Unit on Tuesday.

Marsden Scouts group leader Warren Prescott said the police visited the Marsden Scouts at least once a year to educate the children about personal and internet safety, as well as emergency calls.

He said sessions were also held with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service over a three-week period.

"Anything like that is worthwhile for the kids to learn," he said.

The kids reportedly were fascinated by the police uniform, wanting to touch and know all about the different equipment the officers carry and use.

Mr Prescott said the officers also gave the kids a demonstration of their undercover police vehicle's flashing lights and blaring sirens.

He said the kids were also shown a pair of handcuffs and taught how to correctly take fingerprints, with each creating their very own police identity card featuring their unique fingerprint.

BUILDING TRUST: Police officer from the Logan District Crime Prevention Squad rubs shoulders with the Marsden Scouts.

BUILDING TRUST: Police officer from the Logan District Crime Prevention Squad rubs shoulders with the Marsden Scouts.

A Queensland Police spokesman said the noise created by the sirens had frightened a few of the young scouts at first but they were all asking for more by the end.

"This was a visit the young Joey scouts will never forget," he said.

"Thank you, Marsden Joey Scouts, for having us!"

If you run a community group and would love police to visit, please contact your local police station for further information.

Mr Prescott said scouts had been running for more than 120 years, with the community organisation aiming to encourage young people and instill them with self-confidence and leadership skills.

He said the scouts movement promoted learning by doing and he encouraged anyone interested to become involved.

The Marsden Scouts cater to young people aged five to 26, with four age groups meeting at different times across the week.

For more information, phone Warren Prescott on 0450 669 544 or email: glmarsdenscoutgroup@hotmail.com

KEEPSAKE: The children had a ball creating their very own Junior Officer ID Cards featuring their unique fingerprint.

KEEPSAKE: The children had a ball creating their very own Junior Officer ID Cards featuring their unique fingerprint.