First Junior Officer for the Day a Success at Primrose
Officer Annaliese Varughese reporting for duty! Students at Primrose Elementary School couldn’t miss her – a blazing yellow police vest, shiny silver shield, official Westchester County Police Department hat and Primrose School Resource Officer Brian Pavletich by her side. Varughese was the first Primrose Junior Officer for the Day, and the lucky first grader spent time with “Officer Brian” checking doors, monitoring school cameras, checking out the patrol car lights and having an all-around great time.
With so many responsibilities, Varughese said it was hard to pick her favorite part, but playing with the patrol car lights and checking on doors topped the list. “I liked it a lot,” she said and added that a special treat was learning how a pair of real handcuffs work.
Varughese was the first of 12 Primrose students who will spend the day with Pavletich. The opportunity was part of the PES PTA Holiday Happiness Fundraiser in December, where families could bid for the chance to shadow Pavletich . The Junior Officer for a Day raised $600 for the PTA.
“It was really an awesome day, and she loved it,” Pavletich said. “The other kids who saw her were all very excited, and it drummed up a lot of interest. We are always trying to build relationships with the kids at every level.”
Pavletich showed his young officer the cameras that monitor school grounds, how to check the doors for safety, some of the equipment and lights he uses in the patrol car and finally, they ate a special lunch together.
As the first Junior Officer, Varughese ended the day with a big smile, a great experience and some cool stuff – a stuffed police dog, an official hat, a flashlight, a pen, a cup, a bookmark and an eraser, all of which she said she couldn’t wait to share with her brother.
Pavletich said he is looking forward to the next 11 weeks, when he will spend time with 11 more Junior Officers.