Mini Police launches in South Gloucestershire

The Mini Police at Parkwall Primary with PCSOs Libby Speechley & Jason Green and the school’s community engagement mentor Gerry Woodruff on the left and Insp Clive Summerill on the right

Year 5 pupils at Parkwall Primary School in Cadbury Heath became official members of Avon & Somerset’s Mini Police today.

The school in Earlstone Crescent is one of the first in South Gloucestershire to take part in the scheme which is being rolled out across the police force area.

The scheme is delivered by members of the local neighbourhood policing team in partnership with schools. It offers children the chance to understand the importance of respecting the law and setting a positive example for their peers. They build positive relationships with the police and help out in their school and the wider community.

Each Year 5 pupil at Parkwall has received a special Avon & Somerset uniform and cap and they all recited an oath to Insp Summerill during a whole school assembly when they were given a lanyard with their name and police number. Parents and grandparents were invited to watch.

Parkwall already has a very good relationship with local PCSOs Jason Green and Libby Speechley.

The pupils will wear their uniform in school every Tuesday and are expected to be a good role model and helpful, even when they are not wearing it, explained Gerry Woodruff, Parkwall’s community engagement mentor.

She said the Mini Police will be helping to tackle community issues of their choice, and would probably start off with litter.

It is hoped the scheme may also inspire children to consider a career in policing in later life, with several Years 5s at Parkwall saying it is something they are thinking about.

The Mini Police scheme has been funded in combination with Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and National Volunteer Police Cadets (NVPC).

The pilot project will initially run at Parkwall for a year.