Police promote safety for kids over spring break

March 26, 2010 3:45:46 PM PDT
Chicago police are making an effort to ensure children are safe over spring break.

Officers stopped by the Columbia Explorers Academy Friday to emphasize the importance of community involvement in keeping kids out of trouble when they're not at school. They conducted a roll call to kick off Operation Spring Break, now in its seventh year and spent time talking with the children and their parents.

"Use this week or these two weeks that you're going to have to bond with your children. Spend time with them talk to them, find out what's going on in their lives. Find out who they're with. Find out who they're hanging with. Nothing could be more important than that," said Commander John Kupczyk, Chicago Police Department.

The police urged students to make sure they call the police if they see someone spray painting a wall or committing a crime.

Extra officers will be on patrol while students are on spring break.