A new scheme to help build relationships between the police service and young people has been officially introduced in Radlett.
Mini Police is an interactive volunteering opportunity for children aged between nine and 11 and sees them support their local force through participation in community events.
The first official scheme launched at Fair Field Junior School in Radlett last month after being trialled for eight weeks in Harpenden in April.
The programme, which will be rolled out across the county, aims to build trust with communities, promote responsible citizenship and help young people establish an interest and understanding in policing and community safety.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, who funded the programme, said: “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.”
Children at Fair Field will learn about police procedures and the law, anti-social behaviour, personal safety and road safety, among other topics.
PCSO William Ryan delivered the first session at the school, alongside his Safer Neighbourhood Team colleagues PCSO Tim Conway and PC Dean Edwards.
“The first session went really well and it was great to see that the children seemed to enjoy it, showing a lot of enthusiasm and contributing throughout,” said William.
“It is important that they understand local issues and how to deal with them now, which in turn can help the rest of the community. We’re very much looking forward to delivering the next session.”
The Mini Police programme will be rolling out at nominated schools across the county over the coming weeks, with sessions being delivered by police cadets, volunteers and Safer Neighbourhood Team officers.
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