Students witness 'stolen' vehicle in 'collision'

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 November 2010

View of  Wyvern School.; 26-4-06

View of Wyvern School.; 26-4-06

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STUDENTS witnessed a 'stolen' vehicle being involved in a 'collision' this week.

Pupils from Wyvern Community School discovered what it takes to investigate a crime in an action packed, scenario-based demonstration held by police officers.

The initiative saw students witness the ‘stolen’ vehicle become involved in a collision and the occupant escape by running through the school grounds.

The scenario continued as officers pursued the driver, who became aggressive and threatened them with a knife.

The students saw firsthand how the police manage confrontational situations and use taser guns to reduce threat and maintain control, and the suspect was ‘arrested’ for theft of a motor vehicle.

PCSO Kylie Stevens said: “After the scenario played out, pupils then had the opportunity learn about the investigative side of policing such as preserving a crime scene and taking statements.”

During the day students also watched a number of demonstrations, including one on the use of police riot equipment and participated in group activities aimed at improving their communications skills.

PCSO Stevens added: “This was a great opportunity to engage young people in policing and educate them on the potential consequences of illegal behaviour.

“It also allows for us to forge relationships with the younger generation and help them understand the role of the modern police service in preventing harm in the communities we serve.”

The initiative was part of Operation Relentless, which aims to keep children and young people safe this autumn.

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