“Kids, Cops, and Safety” program hosts Acting DCM Austrian and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Talakvadze (March 17)


Acting DCM Courtney Austrian and the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Archil Talakvadze attended an after-school meeting for sixth grade students on March 17 organized by Project Harmony International and funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. This pilot project, a series of after-school mekidscops1etings called “Kids, Cops and Safety,” are led by Patrol Police and School Resource officers in several schools in Tbilisi.  The goal of the meeting is to improve police-community relations by raising awareness on issues such as traffic safety. The sessions have proven to create a positive attitude of the children towards law enforcement officers.  In today’s meeting, the patrol police officer and two school resource officers delivered a short presentation on traffic safety and ran the children through a few games which improved the children’s understanding of traffic signs and traffic rules. At the end of the meeting the children explored a real Patrol Police car and the motorbike. Project Harmony intends to extend this project to schools outside of Tbilisi next year, while the Ministry of Internal Affairs has committed to fund the project in Tbilisi.