I’ve blogged about our kids school (UICS) before. A couple of times a year, the school plans field trips to various fun and educational places. This time, we visited the Tochigi Prefectural Police Headquarters. Before the tour started, we were shown a video about what police officers do. Then the officer in charge of our tour took us to look down through large windows at the room where the officers take the “911” calls for Utsunomiya and the surrounding area. (Actually, in Japan calls to the police department are”110″ calls and medical emergency calls are to “119” instead of 911). One of the high school students in our group got to make a practice 110 call on his cell phone to an officer in the call room below. We all laughed while he tried to make up an emergency situation on the spot. 🙂 We learned that officers working in the 110 call room have 24 hour shifts — meaning they work nonstop for 24 hours and then go home to rest! Wow!! That information made me hope that if I ever have an emergency it’s at the beginning of everyone’s shift and not at the end when all the officers are exhausted!! We also looked through a window down at the traffic information room where officers keep track of what roads are crowded or are obstructed by accidents and also make radio announcements regarding road conditions.
When our tour was finished, we drove to a nearby park for a picnic and then spent some time at the Tochigi Prefectural Natural History Museum, which I’ve blogged about before. It was a great day and I am very thankful for the work the teachers put into planning field trips that I never could have planned by myself for our kids. I love our combination of UICS and homeschooling! 🙂