PLAINFIELD, NJ - The week off from school came to a close on Friday for some children at the library with members of the Plainfield Police Division.
The free Spring Break with First Responders program was for students ages 8 to 13 years old, and was presented by the Plainfield Police Division and the School Resource Officers.
Representatives from the city's police and fire departments, as well as the rescue squad, were on hand over the course of the four-day program.
On the final day, Plainfield Police Division's Detective Ilyas Muhammad and Officer Bernel Harrison spoke frankly with the children about the importance of not playing with guns. They also created a simulated crime scene with fake guns and real bullet casings. The kids role played, acting as crime scene detectives.
Detective Muhammad said, "I just showed them what a mock crime scene would look like. We tried to show them a real experience of how it looks to us when we first come on, so they could see exactly what it's like, and see how important the patrol officer is, not just the detective, to the actual crime scene."
He added, "We showed them how we would photograph things, wear gloves, not touch anything, and how we would document everything and collect all the evidence."
The Spring Break with First Responders program provided opportunities to teach children about the important roles that first responders play in real-life situations.