Sixty year five pupils at The Leys Primary School in Stevenage have successfully completed Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme.
Mini Police is a fun and interactive volunteering opportunity for children aged between nine and eleven. It allows them to learn about some key issues and support their local force through participation in community events. The programme aims to build trust with communities, promote responsible citizenship and help young people establish an interest and understanding in policing and community safety.
The eight-week course was led by PCSO Neil Carter and PCSO Dawn Jeffery from the constabulary’s Children and Young People Team and covered road safety, traffic, anti-social behaviour, internet safety and bullying.
PCSO Carter said: “The children, who were aged nine and ten, were really enthusiastic about making a difference in the community and understanding what policing involves. They really enjoyed being ‘mini police’ for eight weeks and I hope they will continue to act on what they have learnt, particularly around anti-social behaviour and its impact on communities, staying safe online and road safety. Hopefully some of them may even decide to join us when they leave school.”
Friday 25 November was the mini officer’s final session, and the special occasion was marked with a celebration at the school. Officers from other policing teams were invited to attend, with the children getting to meet representatives from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team and the constabulary’s Rural Operational Support Team.