DPD Reader Day

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Photo by Observer Staff Nicole Gugino          From left to right Sgt Mark Gruber, Sgt Chris Witkowski, Chief David Ortolano, Officer Matt Martinez


Sgt Mark Gruber read to preschool at Dunkirk School 5

The Dunkirk Police Department started the Police Department Reader Day Program in the beginning of the School year at all the Elementary Schools. The program culminated today with reading at School # 5. Several Police Officers have visited all the Elementary Schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spent time with the children explaining the Job of a Police Officer and answering any questions the children had.

The program has helped to build a positive relationship with the children and let’s them be familiar with Police Officers in a positive setting. The program will help to make children more comfortable with Police Officers and hopefully build positive relationships in the future as well.


Officer Matt Martinez reads to first grade at Dunkirk School 5


Sgt Chris Witkowski read to first grade at Dunkirk School 5

The Dunkirk Police Department wants to thank the following organizations for their generous support in making this program possible by providing the funding for items such as pencils and junior police officers stickers that were given to the students. We thank the Dom Polski Club, Kosciuszko Club, Score This Inc., Dunkirk Exempt Fireman Assn., Fourth Ward Falcon Club and the Conservation Club. Without the assistance of these organizations we would not enjoy the success of programs such as the Police Department Reader Day program. Again our many thanks to them for their support.

We also want to thank the City of Dunkirk School District for working together with the Police Department on our programs in the Schools.

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