A new scheme to help build relationships between young people and the police service is now being rolled out in Bushey and Radlett.
Mini Police is a fun and interactive volunteering opportunity for children aged between 9 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, it is now being rolled out across the county thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.
The first schools in Hertsmere to take part are Fair Field Junior School in Radlett and Bournehall Primary School in Bushey.
PCSO Tim Conway was joined by Hertsmere Chief Inspector Steve O’Keeffe and Bushey and Radlett Neighbourhood Sergeant Tom Prior for the first session which took place at Bournehall Primary School on October 26. Over the eight-week period the children will learn about police procedures and the law, anti-social behaviour, personal safety and road safety, among other topics.
Sergeant Prior said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our younger children to get an insight into their local community and local issues. It also gives them a better understanding of the impact of their actions. It’s also great for us to get to know a group of younger people.
“So far, the children have been keen to learn and we hope that over the next few weeks we can have some fun whilst delivering important messages. I’d also like to thank Hertsmere Borough Council who helped fund the uniforms.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd added: “This is a fantastic scheme which engages young people and gives them lots of training and information to keep them safe. I was pleased to be able to fund a countywide roll-out of the scheme so that even more children can take advantage of this programme and it’s great this is now up and running.”