Pupils from Knebworth Primary have been policing the parking outside their school and educating parents around the dangers of poor and inconsiderate parking, as part of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme.
Anti-social behaviour, road safety, bullying and cyber safety also formed part of the eight-week course, which was undertaken by 60 students at the school.
Mini Police is a fun and interactive programme designed for children aged between 9 and 11. It aims to build trust with communities, promote responsible citizenship and help young people establish an interest and understanding in policing and community safety.
Co-ordinated by PCSO Stuart Stone from the North Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team and PCSO Neil Carter from the Children and Young People Team, the year five pupils also met officers from the Road Policing Unit, the Dog Unit, the Rural Operational Support Team and the Neighbourhood Team.
PCSO Carter said: “We spent a lot of time planning the lessons which covered the law, how to be a responsible citizen and the consequences of crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as how to stay safe in the cyber world.
“The pupils have been a real credit to their school by throwing themselves into the activities, particularly the high visibility parking patrols, with the students delivering a powerful message to parents about road safety and the consequences of not adhering to the rules. It was really interesting to hear from drivers who said it was more impactive when it was the children speaking to them about their parking.
PCSO Stone added: “The pupils also learnt about police equipment and vehicles and took part in drill training. They have really enjoyed the sessions and feedback has been really positive.
“We hope they take on board advice about how to keep themselves and their property safe and understand the devastating consequences of getting involved in drugs or knife crime. We also hope to see some budding police recruits in the future"