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Grandma/Grandpa COP

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

Kindergarten
Safety lessons for Kindergarten students include:

  • simple safety rules
  • reading books about safety
  • singing the Charlie Check Safety Songs


‚Äč1st 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)
  • teasing
  • 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?"

At School and in the Community

Grandma/Grandpa COPS have also attended Back to School Nights, Open Houses, Spaghetti/Bingo Nights, Movie Nights, School Carnivals, and Fairs. They often greet children as they arrive at school.

Grandma/Grandpa COPs welcome students with a warm smile or hug while paying each child a compliment of how nice they look, how cautious they were getting out of the car or crossing the street, in order to start their day on a positive step.

Grandma/Grandpa COPS are often recognized in the community. Sometimes at a grocery store, you can hear a child call out “Grandma COP!" These COPS say it’s thrilling to see and know what an impact they have made on our beautiful children.

CW31 Good Day Sacramento

Watch the Grandma Cops video at Vernon E. Greer Elementary School.

About Us

Grandma COPS
Shirley Turner, Terry Esparza, and Peggy Hickey

Grandpa COPS
Bob Esparza and Tony Rutchena

For more information on the Grandma/Grandpa COP Program, please contact:

Lynn Hutchinson
Galt Police Department
455 Industrial Avenue
Galt, CA 95632
(209) 366-7056