30/09/2016

Sporting Scheme Launched in Schools to Educate Children on Crime

Officers have launched a pilot scheme aimed at keeping children fit whilst educating them about issues including antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and bullying.

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The initiative, launched this week at North Ormesby Primary Academy in Middlesbrough, sees PC Chris Hilton and other neighbourhood officers carrying out a programme of sporting activities followed by a lesson designed for educational purposes.

Pupils aged between 9 and 11 will receive educational messages on issues including antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and bullying.

The programme takes place for two hours a week over a six-week period.

Inspector Tina Notman, from Coulby Newham Police Office, said: “This programme of activity delivers important educational messages to children in a fun setting, where we expect to have high levels of engagement from the children involved.

“We’re looking to educate children around the consequences of certain behaviours to help them make the best choices. This forms a programme of liaison with local schools which we are just beginning as the schools go back and we are hoping to roll this out to more schools in the coming months.”

Mrs Christine Kemp-Hall, Principal at North Ormesby Primary Academy, said: “I think this is a great initiative that can only have a positive impact on both the school and wider community as it builds our pupils into well rounded citizens who care about their local environment and want to make the right choices. 

“We are delighted to be the school launching this programme and developing links with the neighbourhood policing team and have already seen a very positive response from the children involved. We look forward to continuing and building on this positive relationship.”