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Norwalk Preschoolers Get a Police Station Look-See

NORWALK, Conn. – Some preschoolers had a hard time sleeping Monday night. Not only were the kids from the Norwalk YMCA's Little Wonders Preschool scheduled to take a tour of Norwalk Police Headquarters in the morning but they were going to ride in a police bus to get there.

"They were so excited, some of them stayed up," said Joyce Murray, director of the preschool f or the last 25 years. The preschool has always tried to incorporate something about the police department in their curriculum. Usually that involves the DARE camp but this year that didn't work out. So instead, Officer Carlton Giles gave them a tour, and provided transportation in the impressive big vehicle.

"Officer Giles, he's always in the community," Murray said. "All the children know him, all the families, and he has such an inviting personality that we knew the children will enjoy the trip."

The kids spent an hour looking around and at the end they saw where they had been in the computer monitors of the 911 call center. "We were right there," Giles said, pointing.

He also told them how important the civilians who answer the phones are.

"This is where all the help comes from," he said. "All the police officers who are now patrolling in the city, in your neighborhoods, they got the report right here."

As their visit ended, the children received little badges and then it was time to get back in that exciting bus.

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