The creator of the Mini Police, Craig Johnson, an officer from Durham Constabulary who is seconded to the National VPC, has been instrumental in this expansion and as a result, the programme is to be awarded the High Sheriffs’ Association’s National Crimebeat Special Award 2018 in April.

This award is not routinely presented every year. It is awarded in recognition of the fact that the National Crimebeat objectives are truly integrated in the project, with impact being achieved across more than the local community or County.

By April of this year, the programme will be in 285 schools, within 10 Police Forces in England & Wales, with an estimated 3500 Mini Police officers cascading learning to around 85,000 primary school aged children.

Craig said, “ I am very honoured to be receiving this award on behalf of the Mini Police, and I thank Mrs Caroline Peacock, the High Sheriff of County Durham, for nominating the Mini Police programme and for supporting it throughout her year in Office”.

Mrs Peacock said, “I am delighted that the Mini Police project is being recognised in this way. In my view, the Mini Police concept is, like all the best ideas, essentially simple and that is a key reason why it is proving so successful, not only in County Durham but nationwide.”

Lord High Sheriff of Durham with Mini Police Officers from
Mini Police officers from Timothy Hackworth Primary in Shildon, Co. Durham