Launch of mini police at Weston primary school
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 19 October 2018
A Weston primary school became the first in the area to launch Avon and Somerset Constabulary's mini police scheme.
Bournville Primary School, in Selworthy Road, has enrolled 20 year five students onto the programme, which will be delivered by the neighbourhood policing team in partnership with the school.
At a launch assembly on October 10, youngsters met team members from the dogs and mounted sections.
The mini police had their first assignment on Saturday, leading the Catch The Light community lantern parade around the Bournville estate.
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Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens believes the scheme will be successful.
She said: “It’s really important we invest in our children and young people from an early age.
“This is a great initiative which not only inspires children to consider a career in policing in later life, but also encourages great relationships between the police and the next generation.
“I’m delighted the scheme has been so successful and the feedback has been tremendously positive.
“I am keen to see more pupils benefit from the scheme as it is beginning to be rolled out across Avon and Somerset.”
The school’s headteacher Marie Berry added: “We are very excited to be part of the mini police project.
“The launch event was a fantastic opportunity for our children to get an insight into the amazing work of our police, it was a treat having the police dogs and horses there.
“This project will be a superb way of building community links and promoting positive relationships between the police and our school. “We would like to thank everybody who has helped to get the project up and running and enabling it to continue throughout the year, we have some amazing things planned and are very excited.”