This scheme sees Year 5 primary school children being given the opportunity to work with their local police officers and volunteer police cadets to learn more about policing for a full school year before handing on their responsibilities to the new Year 5's. The scheme has been driven forward by current cadets who have designed the programme, and is supported by officers and staff from within the force.
School children have been selected from participating schools to join the scheme, where they will learn more about a host of topics such as crime prevention, water safety, healthy relationships and online safety, and then pass this information on to their peers.
Northumbria Mini Police are working with their local Neighbourhood Policing teams in carrying out work in the community, for example surveys with residents, as well as attending a number of events such as Northern Pride, Sunderland Air Show and the Northumberland County Show, to name just a few.
To say thank you to them for their hard work, they have been given the opportunity to visit many different departments across the organisation, including custody, the communications centre and were also visited by the dog and mounted sections.
The Mini Police have also supported the Force in the work they are doing to raise awareness of the dangers of online and hate crime.
All of the 75 Mini Police Officers came together for Northern Pride in July where they assisted in the running of the event and marched on the parade with regular officers, special constables and cadets. A great day was had by all.
Superintendent Sarah Pitt said, "As a result of the scheme's success, we have had a large number of schools wanting to join up and we are pleased to announce that in September a further 88 Mini Police officers will be joining the force, bringing our total number to 163. We are really excited and looking forward to welcoming them into the Northumbria Police family. These additional young officers will help us understand and support our communities."