It’s been a hugely successful first term for Hertfordshire’s Mini Police scheme.
Mini Police is a fun and interactive volunteering opportunity for children aged between nine and 11 and sees them support their local force through participation in community events.
The programme, which originated in Durham, aims to build trust with communities, promote responsible citizenship and help young people establish an interest and understanding in policing and community safety.
An eight-week trial of the scheme took place at a school in Harpenden back in April. Following its success, the scheme was rolled out across the county during the autumn, thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.
Fourteen schools have since completed the programme, with more already signed up to take part in 2019.
Sessions are led by local officers and PCSOs, and children who have taken part have covered a variety of topics including road safety, staying safe online and anti-social behaviour.
Community Safety Officer Gail Franklin, who coordinates the Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme, said: “I’ve been really pleased with how the scheme has been welcomed by our officers across the county and the feedback from schools has been fantastic. The children have learnt new skills and valuable advice, as well as having the opportunity to devise projects which benefit their local communities.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and wish them a very Merry Christmas. We’ll see you in the new year.”