Merseyside Police welcome new 120 Mini Police officers at Emergency Services Training Centre in Wirral
Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police Commissioner and our partners are today (Wednesday, 27 September) proud to present our newest recruits on the beat, as 120 Mini Police put on their shiny, new uniforms to become ambassadors for their school and local communities.
The Emergency Services Training Centre hosted the extravaganza, which featured the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter flying in over the school children. During the day, the Mini Police children met the police horses, dogs, armed officers and looked around the helicopter and other police vehicles.
The children are from schools across Merseyside;
St. George’s Primary School, Wallasey, Wirral
Mersey Park Primary School, Rock Ferry, Wirral
Thatto Heath Community Primary School, St. Helens
Gwladys Street Primary School, County ward
St. Christopher’s Catholic Primary School, Speke
Stockbridge Village Primary School, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley
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, and during their time they will carry out duties including road safety awareness, award ceremonies and helping out their communities.
Merseyside Police launched the scheme last September, with 40 children from Years 5 and 6 of Hatton Hill Primary School and St Monica's Primary School in Bootle.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Over the last year, 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 initiative to six new schools across the region.
“The young people in the scheme 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.”
Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke said: "It’s brilliant that now, a year into our Mini Police scheme, we are able to get more young people involved with the police, and from schools across Merseyside. This will be a spectacular event, and we are grateful to the Emergency Services Training Centre for hosting it.
"We are 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. Previous schools who have been involved in Mini Police have been so positive about the benefits to the children, the schools and their friends and families."
The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Mr Stephen Burrows, said: "Given the success of the Mini Police Scheme to date I am confident that the young people from these schools will show their enthusiasm, energy and professionalism in the roles they are about to undertake and I congratulate them in their achievements in becoming ambassadors for their school and the local community."