DES, Corvias begin ‘Use Your Head’ campaign
September marks the beginning of a new campaign called, "Use Your Head." It involves a strengthened partnership between the Fort Riley Police Department, Corvias Military Living and the Fort Riley communities that each serves.
The "Use Your Head" campaign will give law enforcement officers at Fort Riley a new approach toward getting citizens to obey the rules.
"This safety campaign is designed to reinforce positive behavior by rewarding children who wear a helmet when riding a bike, skateboard or skates," said Janine Harper, Family services program manager, Corvias Military Living.
"Fort Riley has implemented rules regarding the use of safety equipment in order to protect the children on our installation. In the past, enforcement of these rules has not made an impact, as far as getting kids to wear safety equipment when riding bicycles or skateboards. We are hoping that taking a positive approach to enforcement will produce better results," said Sgt. Brian Hornaday, civil liaison, FRPD, Directorate of Emergency Services. "This also gets the kids in our community to have a positive interaction with police officers."
Police officers assigned to the traffic section, community policing and bike patrol will be provided with "tickets" that will be handed out to children when they are seen riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters or skates and using the proper protective equipment, like a bicycle helmet, and elbow and knee pads. Children can then take the ticket to their Corvias neighborhood office to redeem a prize. Police officers will still enforce the Fort Riley rules for children who are not wearing protective equipment.
"Educating our children and Families about the importance of wearing a helmet helps build a safer community. Corvias is proud to partner with the (DES) to promote this campaign in an effort to increase the usage of safety helmets on Fort Riley," Harper said.
FRPD also will participate in the Corvias Fall Carnival Sept. 13, where children will get the opportunity to enter a contest to win one of 20 bicycle helmets.