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Nottinghamshire Police has launched a young person scheme at a Newark school.

Bishop Alexander Primary School, Wolsey Road, is the latest school to take part in the Nottinghamshire Mini Police scheme.

The mini police scheme aims to foster a positive relationship between young people and the police force.

Students from Bishop Alexander Primary School participate in activities at the mini police launch. Left to Right: Diamond Allen (9), Oliver Stephens (10), Poppy Ellison (9). (5509756)
Students from Bishop Alexander Primary School participate in activities at the mini police launch. Left to Right: Diamond Allen (9), Oliver Stephens (10), Poppy Ellison (9). (5509756)

Mini police lead for Nottinghamshire Police, Helen Ridley said the aim was for children to gain confidence and trust in the police.

“The scheme will help young people to understand what the police do. It’s important for them to know that they do more than just arrest people,” she said.

“Being a police officer means that you have a lot of community integration and this scheme aims to encourage that.”

Mini police is aimed at children in year five and six.

Helen Ridley said: “The age group is set nationally at nine to 11-year-olds.

“It is particularly important of children at this age to understand the role of the police because the age of criminality is 10 years old.”

On the launch day children in year five at Bishop Alexander worked with the police to solve a murder mystery.

The police will work with the children two or three times a term and over time there will be opporunties for the children to learn first aid, visit the control room and even spend some time with Nottinghamshire’s police dogs.

Bingham’s Carnarvon Primary School is also part of the scheme, and the force is hoping to secure additional funding to launch it into 10 more schools in the county.

Helen Ridley said: “Schools in Nottinghamshire were picked demographically.

“Bishop Alexander had been mentioned to us several times and it has a good relationship with the community, so we decided to approach the school.”



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