Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police Commissioner and our partners are today (Friday, 19 October) proud to present our newest recruits on the beat, as 120 new Mini Police officers don their police caps and high vis vests to become ambassadors for their school and local communities.
The Emergency Services Training Centre in Birkenhead will host a series of demonstrations, featuring the Mounted Section, Dog Section, armed officers and Roads Policing Unit giving the new recruits a unique insight into the different roles of a police officer. During the day, the Mini Police children will meet the police horses, dogs, armed officers and have a look around other police vehicles.
Colleagues from the British Transport Police and Tunnels Police will also be on hand to explain how they police the rail, network and Mersey Tunnels.
The children are from schools across Merseyside, with 20 children from each school getting the opportunity to join the Mini Police:
- Windsor Primary School, Liverpool
- Blueberry Park Primary School, Liverpool
- Garston Primary School, Liverpool
- Norwood Primary School, Southport
- St Columbas Roman Catholic Primary School, Knowsley
- St Mary’s and St Thomas’ Primary School, St Helens (who are not able to attend today)
Each child has already been presented with their Mini Police uniform, consisting of a baseball cap, polo shirt, fleece and high-visibility vest. The Mini Police is a fun and interactive volunteering opportunity for Year 5 and 6 children (ages nine-11 years), and during their time they will carry out duties including road safety awareness, award ceremonies and helping out their communities. Mini Police also recently helped out when a collision was staged to illustrate the dangers of scrambler bikes to children.
Merseyside Police launched the scheme in September 2016, with 40 children from Years 5 and 6 of Hatton Hill Primary School and St Monica's Primary School in Bootle. After today’s enrolment, There are now 321 pupils from 16 schools in the Mini Police as the scheme continues to grow.
Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke said: "It's brilliant that now, two years into our Mini Police scheme, we are able to get more and more young people involved with the police, and from schools across the areas of Merseyside we serve.
"The feedback from the schools already involved has been absolutely fantastic and it’s been wonderful to see the children’s enthusiasm, and their keenness to learn more about the role of police officers in society. They have also proved invaluable in passing on everything they have learned to their fellow pupils, friends and families.
"I have no doubt this will be an inspiring event for those just starting out as Mini Police, and we are grateful to the Emergency Services Training Centre for hosting it.
"We’re really looking forward to taking our new recruits on this special journey, which will provide them with some fantastic opportunities and life skills to help themselves and their communities grow stronger."
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "Over the last two years, the Mini Police have proven to be fantastic ambassadors for Merseyside Police and I am delighted that the Force is now in a position to expand this really worthwhile scheme to six new schools, enabling even pupils to get involved with the police from a young age.
"The Mini Police have brought enthusiasm, excitement and bundles of energy to everything they have been involved in and I have no doubt that these new students will also be an asset to the Force.
"I look forward to meeting and working with them over the coming months."