Mini-Police is based on a programme which was first developed in Durham Constabulary. It is a fun and interactive scheme aimed at children aged between 9-11 years old.
The idea behind the scheme is to work with young people, within their own school environment - promoting positive diversion from crime and Anti-Social Behaviour, building honesty and trust; and giving young people a better understanding of policing - by encouraging active participation in local community engagement events.
Session One - Introduction
Session Two - Meet the Police and Police Dogs
Session Three - Learning the Law
Session Four - Teaching the Law
Session Five - Community Engagement
Session Six - Closing Ceremony
Session 1 - Introduction
Mini-Police learned about the phonetic alphabet. The children learned how to stand at attention, at ease, fall in, line formation and other marching drills.
"Week one was good, we learned something that I never knew existed, like the phonetic alphabet," said Michael.
"C is Charlie, A is Alpha, M is Mike, E is Echo, R is Romeo, O is Oscar and N is November," reported Cameron.
Session 2 - Meet the Police and Police Dogs
Session 3 - Understanding and Learning the Law
This week our mini-police learned about the law that governs our country. The children investigated how the law applies to them as children moving into young adulthood. It was another fascinating session where we learned a lot. We even read Ellis his rights!
Session 5 - Community Engagement
Mini-Police pupils went out into the community to raise awareness about anti-social behavior, speaking to local residents and having a physical presence in the community.
Session 6 - Closing Ceremony
St. Helen's Mini-Police were visited by the Chief Constable of Durham Police who celebrated the Mini-Polices' achievements.