Tampa Police Department Renews Relationship with Local Health and Safety Education Provider

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WHAT: Chief Eric Ward will join MORE HEALTH instructors for the department's first firearm
safety presentation, since the police department re-established its relationship with the non-profit education provider.


Elementary and middle school students in the City of Tampa will now see police officers and MORE HEALTH instructors working together in the classroom to teach important firearm and bicycle safety lessons.

Chief Eric Ward will join MORE HEALTH educators at Villa Madonna School to observe and participate in a 40-minute firearm safety presentation. Tampa Police Department School Resource Officers (SROs) will be trained on these presentations this summer. The SROs will be actively involved in presenting MORE HEALTH's curriculum to third and sixth graders during the upcoming school year.

The police department recently pledged to provide MORE HEALTH with financial assistance to support the organization's mission of educating children on the dangers of firearms in hopes that it will have future crime prevention benefits. The partnership will also create new opportunities for police officers to engage in open dialogue about guns with kids at a young age.

During the 2015-2016 school year, MORE HEALTH reached 16,505 students in its third grade Firearm Safety 1 presentation and 6,559 students for the sixth grade Firearm Safety 2 presentation.

The nonprofit organization leads the Nation in health and safety education. Since 1989, MORE HEALTH, Inc. has been working to improve the health and safety of children, teens, and adults through interactive lessons. MORE HEALTH has taught over 3.4 million students in schools throughout the Tampa Bay area, one lesson, and one classroom at a time.

Janelle McGregor