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Issue Details: First known date: 1955... 1955 Stephen and the Policeman
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Stephen goes into town by himself without permission and becomes lost. A friendly old man offers to take him to a policeman, which upsets Stephen as he has always been afraid of the police. The policeman, however, is very kind to him and phones Stephen's mother to pick him up. While he is waiting at the police station, the policeman tells Stephen all about his job, and lets him know that policemen are his friends if he does the right thing, and that he should only be afraid of them if he breaks the law. The policeman then explains that the role of the police is four-fold: 'to protect life and property, to keep the peace, to stop crime, and to find and bring to justice people who commit crimes'. He goes on to say that police often end up doing other things, such as helping lost children. Stephen tells the policeman that he is not afraid anymore. When Stephen's mother comes to get him, the policeman tells her what a good boy Stephen has been and she stops being angry with him.

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    y separately published work icon Animal Talk and Other Stories for Boys and Girls Neville Smith , Melbourne : Cheshire , 1955 Z1500460 1955 selected work children's fiction children's 'Here are twenty-five stories that have escaped from life - that is, the kind of life that most normal Australian boys and girls lead. In them, everyday life become involved with strange things and happenings. Magic comes creeping in when least expected; fairies and sprites appear; animals and objects indulge in conversations; dreams take the oddest turns. But, though there may be a friendly lion in a story, or a sea maid, or a flame fairy who can only speak in rhyme, in every case the central person is a normal Australian girl or boy.' (Inside dust jacket) Melbourne : Cheshire , 1955 pg. 85-88
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