Thirty year five children from Pope Paul Primary School in Potters Bar have successfully completed the Mini Police programme.
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.
Anti-social behaviour, road safety, bullying and cyber safety formed part of the course.
The pupils also helped Safer Neighbourhood Team officers carry out a speed operation outside the school in Baker Street. With the help of officers, several vehicles were stopped after they were found to be speeding and the children spoke to the drivers.
The children were recently presented with certificates by Safer Neighbourhood Inspector, Rachael Robertson for completing the programme.
The scheme was co-ordinated by PCSO Cheryll Lavell. She said: “We’re delighted the children have successfully completed the course. They gain so much knowledge during the sessions.
“The children told us that they were concerned about speeding motorists outside their school so the speeding operation was incorporated into their course. Thankfully, most vehicles were adhering to the 30mph speed limit. For those who were pulled over, we hope that, listening to the views of the children, as well as receiving feedback from us, will ensure that they think twice before doing it again.
“It’s always a pleasure to run this programme and see how much the children gain from it.”