Officers from the Greater Eston Neighbourhood Police Team were delighted to attend the Mini Police graduation event at Grangetown Primary School yesterday (Wednesday 24th May).
The Cleveland Mini Police scheme works with 9–11-year-olds in schools to promote positive diversion from crime and antisocial behaviour, building honesty and trust and giving young people a better understanding of policing by encouraging active participation in local community engagement events.
Greater Eston Neigbourhood Police Team Inspector Ian Mitchell said:
“It was a real pleasure to attend Grangetown Primary School where I received a very warm welcome, saw the Mini Police Closing Ceremony then had the opportunity to present the Mini Police with their course certificates.
“PCSO Illingworth who’s from the School Liaison Team and is Grangetown ward officer and PCSO Brogan have worked hard with the children over the 6 week programme, teaching them various police and life related skills which they performed in front of their school friends, teachers and parents- and a great performance it was!
“This initiative between schools and the police is a fantastic means of engaging with the children and building a positive relationship with them so they have the courage and knowledge to speak with the police if they ever need help in the future.
“They also get to understand the impact of antisocial behaviour, littering, swearing on so on on the community,and on their futures.
“My thanks to Grangetown Primary and to the School Liaison Team for a great event.”