Mini police are a big success in Bishops Stortford
East Herts first ever mini police officers have graduated in a ceremony held at Bishops Stortford police station.
Over the past eight weeks, PCSO Téa Prow and colleagues at the station in Basbow Lane have been teaching pupils in Year 5 at Hillmead and Spellbrook primary schools about road hazards, online safety, anti-social behaviour, bullying and policing.
During the course, pupils used a speed gun to catch speeding motorists near their schools, handed emotive letters to drivers who were causing a hazard by being parked illegally and took part in the Remembrance Day parade alongside Stortford’s full-time officers and police cadets.
PCSO Prow, 19, a former Herts and Essex High School girl, led weekly sessions at the two schools.
“Being the age I am, I think I connect quite well with the kids,” she said. “I really enjoy it. I love getting into the schools and meeting the kids.”
For each session, Téa brought along two colleagues to get to know the children, as one of the main purposes of the mini police programme is for the local policing team to build a good rapport with pupils.
“That’s my main aim – to make them not afraid of us,” she said. “I’m so keen to be proactive and educate the children to stop them from making the wrong decision and getting involved in the wrong crowd, rather than wait until it’s too late.”
Stortford officers organised a graduation ceremony for the Hillmead mini police officers at the station on Wednesday November 14 and mayor Cllr George Cutting presented them with certificates.
Spellbrook Church of England Primary School pupils celebrated their graduation two days later and met Sawbridgeworth mayor Cllr Angela Alder. As part of Children in Need, the youngsters had gone to school in their pyjamas but changed into their school uniforms for their visit to the police station.
On Tuesday (Nov 20), Téa launched mini police at her old school, St Andrew’s Church of England Primary in Much Hadham. Manor Fields Primary in Stortford and Reedings Junior School in Sawbridgeworth are due to begin mini police sessions after Christmas.