Local PCSOs host webinar for American children to find out about UK policing
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PCSOs Chris Baldwin and Ross Huegdon, from the Oxhey Safer Neighbourhood Team, had the unique opportunity to present an online school talk to pupils in Florida, discussing the day in the life of a UK officer.
Arranged by the constabulary’s Emerald Society*, the officers were in contact with Officer Arnold, an American police officer working out of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department.
Despite the five hour time difference, the officers were determined to organise a talk for the American students. On Tuesday 28 November, the session took place with the PCSOs revealing all about UK policing from over 4000 miles away!
The children, from fifth grade and kindergarten, listened to the officers as they took them through their role as PCSOs and what their jobs entail from day to day. They also gave an overview of how the police services operates in the UK.
A big discussion that came from the online talk was the equipment used by UK police. This included a lengthy conversation about police helicopters and dogs which the children were very interested in!
The children also got the chance to ask plenty of questions to the two PCSOs who were more than happy to answer. There were a couple of amusing questions such as whether the officers enjoy coffee and doughnuts at work and whether they had ever met the King!
The session was a huge success with the children from across the pond gaining a fascinating insight into how policing operates in the UK.
PCSO Ross Huegdon said “It was such a unique opportunity to talk to people on the other side of the world about what we do and how we keep the public safe. The children really enjoyed the session which was great to see”.
*The Hertfordshire Emerald Society brings together all Police Officer and staff who have a connection to the island of Ireland or have an interest in its culture and history.
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