Kids Day with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and members of the Concerned Oklahomans for the Highway Patrol Society and Oklahoma State Troopers Association will host a day of education and fun for selected youth in the metro area.
Students from Del-Crest and Shawnee Junior High schools, the Oklahoma City Housing Authority and Jets, an after-school program sponsored by Lambuth United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City.
"Troopers will conduct boat and water safety instruction and demonstrations for approximately 55 students," said Colonel Gary Adams, chief of the highway patrol. "This idea was conceived by the COHPS organization, and we are working in conjunction with them to create a learning experience for these kids. Our goal is to impress upon them the importance of safety and have some fun while doing so."
Troopers will fish on boats with the students and teach them hands-on water safety. They will explain the benefits of wearing personal flotation devices as well as outline the required boating equipment and tips to keep them safe during recreation. There will demonstrations by the OHP bomb squad, tactical team, dive team, aircraft, airboat and drug dog demonstrations.
"Various giveaways have been donated for each of the participants. Troopers will be teamed up with the students in each boat for a couple of hours of safety instruction and fishing," said Adams. "This should be quite a treat for these students because most people have never seen an air boat, much less ridden in one."
Before lunch, the students will be shown a drug dog demonstration.
"This is always a big hit with kids. The troopers will explain how they work with their canines, and their role in drug seizures," said Adams. "They will conduct an actual search sequence so the students can watch the dogs in action."
Sponsors of the program include Arvest Bank of Shawnee, Bass Tubs of Oklahoma owners and professional fishermen Jason Reynolds and Chuck Devereaux. The event will be held at the Wes Watkins Reservoir - take exit 176 off of Interstate 40, follow the signs - on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend the event to obtain interviews and information about the program.