The Berkeley Police Department Communication Center Dispatchers are proud to present a program with national participation in schools. We are excited to be able to offer it to the youth community of our city. The concept of the 911 for Kids program was developed in 1991 with the goal of creating a curriculum to appeal to the 4 to 7 year old age group.
More than 2 million children have already participated in the 9-1-1 for KIDS® classroom program since 1995. This program will teach children three important points:
•WHEN to call 9-1-1 •HOW to call 9-1-1 •WHAT to say when they call 9-1-1 for an emergency
In the City of Berkeley, BPD team members have offered 9-1-1 for KIDS® to over 20 classes. The feedback from teachers, parents and children has been very positive and rewarding for us.
As a small piece of our Community Involved Policing (CIP) vision, the 9-1-1 for KIDS® program fills a very special niche. 9-1-1 for KIDS® provides educational material, but also gives children an opportunity to interact with 911 dispatchers and police officers in a fun, memorable way. Developing these positive, trusting relationships early is certainly an immeasurable benefit of the program. Children who participate receive a handful of lively materials including stickers, educational coloring books and safety cards. 9-1-1 for KIDS® has a comprehensive website, 911forkids.com that gives a history and an overview of what is involved.
To schedule a 9-1-1 for KIDS® program at your school, a presentation to your staff or for additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (510) 981-5900 or email.
The Berkeley Police Youth Services Detail offers services for families in the city of Berkeley.