Portsmouth Police Department’s walking program encourages fitness, keeps kids safe

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 13:29:25-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Portsmouth Police Department is participating in a monthly walking program, Safe Route to Schools, that helps local children stay active, safe and healthy.

The program has been running every months for the past five years.

Students, who are either dropped off or stop by on the way to school, receive incentive tokens for participating in the walks. Officers who take part in the program hope that it will help kids get exercise on their way to school.

Tokens are given out by school staff as well as police officers.

The Portsmouth Police Department’s most recent walk was with students from Simonsdale Elementary.