Constable develops regional board recreation to assist cope with trauma

Chief Constable Rosie Marchant (right) shows off the Southland traffic safety kits that the police hand out to children who witnessed or were involved in the accident, while Southland traffic safety adviser Maureen Doycrass and Glo Bro play a board game she created.

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Chief Constable Rosie Marchant (proper) reveals off the Southland visitors security kits that the police hand out to youngsters who witnessed or have been concerned within the accident, whereas Southland visitors security adviser Maureen Doycrass and Glo Bro play a board recreation she created.

It took greater than 200 hours to design and a yr to make, however a Southland police officer hopes her new board recreation will assist alleviate the trauma of tamarisks from visitors accidents.

Chief Constable Rosie Marchant has put collectively 100 units of visitors security workouts that embrace her board recreation to offer to youngsters who’ve been concerned in or witnessed the accident.

It was a labor of affection that resulted in her hand-coloring round 1,300 play items, however she hopes the kits will flip a damaging expertise right into a optimistic one.

“All of it occurred as a result of we knew somebody who had a trauma a few years in the past and we didn’t find out about it,” she mentioned.

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The person in query had an accident on the age of 10 and “fought for 4 years earlier than letting us know he was not nicely,” Marchand mentioned.

With this in thoughts, the packages additionally embrace letters to oldsters with a listing of indicators and signs to assist them acknowledge trauma of their tamarisks.

Marchand first got here up with the thought after seeing a tv interview with North Island officers handing out train kits to youngsters as police interrogated their guardians.

Since she could not discover a visitors security recreation associated to Southland, she determined to develop one herself.

Chief Constable Rosie Marchant's traffic safety board game takes kids on a journey through Murihika, teaching them the rules of the road along the way.

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Chief Constable Rosie Marchant’s visitors security board recreation takes youngsters on a journey via Murihika, educating them the foundations of the street alongside the best way.

The board recreation takes youngsters on a street journey round Murihika with the Southland Glo Bro street security mascot, stopping at iconic landmarks and studying related street security ideas alongside the best way.

Marchand had 4 primary messages she needed to convey to the sport: At all times put on restraint, do not drive whereas disabled, reduce distractions, and obey the pace restrict.

She additionally needed to incorporate messages from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Company Highway to Zero to keep away from future accidents and thus keep away from traumatic experiences sooner or later.

Marchand took the recommendation of academic consultants to be sure that the sport conveys these messages in a method that youngsters of all ages can take up, which is why it combines drawings with pictures, for instance, and why it is stuffed with alliteration.

Some humor can be current, corresponding to when the Glo Bro’s need to hurry up is met with the phrases, “You are a Glo Bro, not Burt Munro.”

Southerners came together to assemble activity kits to help tamarisks cope with injuries sustained from traffic accidents and learn about road safety.  Back left: Bowls Southland Executive Simon Flett, Young Reflections Owner Joy Brown, Transport World Tourism Manager Courtney Russell, Staff Sergeant Jeff Sutherland, Resene Representative Travis Kane, Creativity Plus Owner Lana Osborne with Southland Traffic Safety Advisor Maureen Deucrass and Glo Bro is playing a game created by Senior Constable Rosie Marchand, seated in front.

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Southerners got here collectively to assemble exercise kits to assist tamarisks deal with accidents sustained from visitors accidents and study street security. Again left: Bowls Southland Govt Simon Flett, Younger Reflections Proprietor Pleasure Brown, Transport World Tourism Supervisor Courtney Russell, Workers Sergeant Jeff Sutherland, Resene Consultant Travis Kane, Creativity Plus Proprietor Lana Osborne with Southland Visitors Security Advisor Maureen Deucrass and Glo Bro is taking part in a recreation created by Senior Constable Rosie Marchand, seated in entrance.

To date, the packages have been given to about 5 youngsters, who, in accordance with Marchand, reacted with delight and shock.

“They did not anticipate to obtain a shock present from a police officer.”

The Southland faculty neighborhood additionally provides barely bigger variations of the classroom recreation to show youngsters about street security; Thus, youngsters can be taught the foundations of the street from an early age.

The packs and board recreation have been funded by Bowls Southland, Highway Security Southland and the New Zealand Police Power; however their creation was a neighborhood effort with the help and help of Younger Reflections, Creativity Plus, Transport World, Resene, Fireplace and Emergency New Zealand and Averil Lee of the College of Otago Academics School.

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