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Children play detective in the holidays

7 Apr 2021
  • Local officers run special sessions for children in the Easter Holiday.

  • Youngsters get to play detective and learn about police work.

  • Part of the Fit, Fed and Read scheme running in Herts.

Disadvantaged children in Stevenage were given the chance to play detective as part of the Fit, Fed and Read scheme, currently running across Hertfordshire.

Officers from the Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Teams ran the special session – where the children analysed handwriting and crime scenes – as part of the programme, to give them an insight into police work.

“We hope these sessions will help the children gain a better understanding of our world and inspire them to become good citizens and maybe even join the force in the future,” explained PC Amy Hunter. “We also hope it helps them to stay safe, particularly when they are online.”

“There are often a lot of negative perceptions surrounding the role of the police, especially now, during what has been a very challenging time for everyone. We hope by giving them an insight into our world, they will feel more confident asking for help and engaging with officers going forward.”

The officers have also been showing the children some of the police equipment and how it works, as well as discussing internet safety and running fun quizzes.

“It was a really positive session and the children were very engaged,” continued PC Hunter. “They had lots of questions for us and seemed to really enjoy the interactive games. We are looking forward to delivering more session over the next two weeks.”

The Fit, Fed and Read Programme is run by the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership scheme during the school holidays, and is aimed at disadvantaged children between the ages of eight and 11. It focusses on healthy eating, sport and physical activity, and improved literacy. The Stevenage sessions took place at Bedwell Primary School.

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