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Edmundston Police Force presents Lexxa the dog’s safety and prevention program

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Edmundston Police Force has developed its own Safety and Prevention program, including a section on dog bite prevention. The official launch of the program was held Jan. 28 at the École régionale de Saint-Basile.

Community Police Officer Pierre Schelling will visit all Edmundston Grade 3 students to present the program with the help of his loyal four-legged companion Lexxa, his German shepherd.

An educational activity book was developed with the financial support of the Knights of Columbus – Council 1932. The characters in the book represent the Edmundston Police Force. It will serve as an awareness tool through which students can identify themselves and also recognize members of their Police Force.

Through this workbook and its awareness program, the Police Force wants to be more proactive.

“We are going to tour the schools to present our Safety and Prevention program with Lexxa. When it comes to dog bites, children are more at risk of being seriously hurt. Therefore, we have to start by educating the kids. The program can also be adapted for older children and adults”, explains Officer Schelling.

The Police Force is working with the Refuge Madawaska Shelter inc., Université du troisième âge du Nord-Ouest and other partners. Public sessions will be offered at the Mgr-W.-J.-Conway Public Library and to other groups upon request.

The Safety and Prevention with Lexxa activity book will be distributed to grade 3 students during school visits, which will be done each year. It is also available at the Edmundston Police Station.

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