Year five pupils at Broom Barnes Primary School in Bedwell have recently completed Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme.
Mini Police is a fun and interactive volunteering opportunity for children aged between 9 and 11. 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 four-week course was led by PCSOs Nicky Lewis and Lauren Paley-Renmans, with input from local PCs Seb Jackson and Harry Histed - all from the Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team. The course covered road safety, traffic, anti-social behaviour, internet safety and bullying.
PCSO Nicky Lewis said: “The children, who were aged 9 and 10, were really enthusiastic and engaged with the course. They were very interested in learning how they can make a difference in their community and understanding what policing involves.
“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.”