Canberra’s longest serving police officer will return to active duty this week after an eleven-month hiatus during the pandemic.

COVID-19 restrictions forced Constable Kenny Koala to hit pause on his classroom visits and education program in 2020.

From Monday, Kenny will resume his mission of educating the Capital’s young people on the importance of safety and fostering their relationships with Police.

“I am so excited to be going back into the school classrooms and teaching the children safety messages.” Constable Kenny said.

Constable Kenny’s handler, David Packwood said while Kenny had not been at schools, he hasn’t been off duty.

“It’s been too long for both Kenny and I since we’ve been in the schools, and we’re both looking forward to sharing important messages about road safety, protective behaviour, decision making and online safety,” Mr. Packwood said.

The Constable Kenny program has been operating for more than 40 years, with Kenny visiting more than 1200 classrooms a year and teaching more than 25,000 children in that time.