Community Helpers: Police Officers

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11590

Who keeps you safe and goes after the bad people who break the law? Have you ever seen the car with the flashing lights and loud siren? Learn how a police officer protects you, then pretend to be one!


People and Their Environment

Social Studies
learning style
Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


You know that there are laws in your community, like speed limits, laws against stealing, and laws against hurting other people. What happens if somebody breaks those laws?

Police officers are community helpers that are here to keep you safe by watching over your area and preventing crime.

They help fight crime.

  • Do you know what crime is?
  • What are some examples of crimes?

Share your answers with your parent or teacher.

A crime happens when someone breaks the law. A law is a rule that everyone has to follow. When criminals break the law, police officers are there to stop them. For example, if someone tries to steal money from a bank, a police officer will stop them and return the money to the bank.


When a criminal breaks the law and is caught by the police, he or she will have to face the consequences for their actions. There are different consequences for different crimes. Some criminals have to pay a fee, some end up in jail, and some even go to prison, depending on the crime they committed.


  • Do you know how police officers catch criminals?

They use their police cars to drive to locations where crimes are happening. When they get there, police officers work together to catch the criminal. When the criminal is caught, they are handcuffed and brought to the police station.

police car

  • Can you think of some ways police officers help out in your community?

police officer with a child

Share your answers with your parent or teacher, then move on to the Got It? section to sing about police officers!

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