Mini Police Scheme trialled in Harpenden rolled out across county
PUBLISHED: 11:55 24 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 24 December 2018
Children from Harpenden have set the trend for a volunteer police scheme set up to build trust in the community.
Herts police have announced that the Mini Police Scheme has enjoyed a successful first term after it was trialled for eight weeks in Harpenden in April.
It sees youngsters between nine and 11 supporting officers at community events and taking part in sessions on road safety, staying safe online, and anti-social behaviour led by local officers and PCSOs.
It has been rolled out to 14 schools across the county, including in Bishop’s Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Letchworth, Waltham Cross, Stevenage, Radlett, Bushey, and St Albans.
It received funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.
Community safety officer Gail Franklin, who coordinates the Mini Police Scheme, said: “I’ve been really pleased with how the scheme has been welcomed by our officers across the county and the feedback from schools has been fantastic.
“The children have learnt new skills and valuable advice, as well as having the opportunity to devise projects which benefit their local communities.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and wish them a very Merry Christmas. We’ll see you in the New Year.”