About the Program
The Galt Police Department launched the “Grandma COP” Program at Vernon E. Greer Elementary School in September 2013. In 2014, they took the program to all five elementary schools. Not only do they have “Grandma COPS" but they also have "Grandpa COPS”.
The program revolves around a character shaped like a check mark known as Charlie Check. Bi-monthly, they present 25-minute safety lessons to Kindergarteners through 6th Grade students.
The Grandma/Grandpa Cop Program has received assistance with their presentations from the Galt Police Department Officers, the Fire Department, Union Pacific Railroad, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Safety lessons for Kindergarten students include:
- simple safety rules
- reading books about safety
- singing the Charlie Check Safety Songs
1st Grade-6th Grade
Safety lessons for 1st Grade through 6th Grade students include:
- asking students if they know their address, phone number, and names of their parents (not just Mom and Dad)
- what an emergency is
- calling 9-1-1
- what to do if they dial 9-1-1 by mistake
- fire safety
- electrical fires
- being home alone
- what to so if someone calls or comes to the door
- gun safety
- community service
- alcohol and drug abuse prevention
- the harms of smoking tobacco
- being involved in gangs
- bullying (including cyber bullying through cell phones, Facebook and Twitter)
- water safety
- being home alone during the summer
- railroad safety
During safety lessons, Charlie Check is discussed and they ask the question, “What would Charlie say?"