Priceless artwork unveiled at police station
SIX TALENTED artists from Goodstart Early Learning Kingaroy helped to unveil a one-of-a-kind portrait at the Kingaroy Police Station today.
After a hotly contested auction, Senior Seargent David Tierney became the proud owner of the collage the children made to honour their Adopt-a-Cop Constable Connor Anderson.
"I bought the artwork at the child protection awards night at Dusty Hills winery. I knew it would look great up in our reception," Sgt Tierney said.
The annual event was held at the end of Child Protection Week to raise money for the region's child protection services.
Goodstart Early Learning Kingaroy centre director Peta Clarkson said the Adopt-a-Cop program was invaluable.
"Having Constable Connor as our Adopt-a-Cop has turned around a lot of the children's opinions and view of the police and their role within the community," Ms Clarkson said.
"She has been a really positive role-model for the children."
Constable Anderson said she was able to teach young children about the police in her Adopt-a-Cop role.
"A number of the young girls have told me they want to be a police officer when they grow up," Const Anderson said.
"Some of them weren't aware women could be police officers before they met me."
Const Anderson's daughter, Rose, lent a hand when it came to the grand reveal of the artwork.
"It's important young children learn that as police officers we are here to keep them safe and they can come to us if they are feeling unsafe within the community," Const Anderson said.