Young members of the Mini Police from two Knowle West schools enjoyed a celebratory day at Avon and Somerset Police headquarters – and were recognised for their involvement.
Pupils from Oasis Academy Connaught and Greenfield E-Act Academy joined six other schools for an action-packed event where they also received certificates and awards.
The Mini Police initiative is delivered by the local neighbourhood policing team in partnership with the schools.
It offers children aged between nine and 11 the chance to build positive relationships with their local police team, – while helping out in their school and the wider community.
Funded by Avon and Somerset Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and National Volunteer Police Cadets, the scheme was launched in 2017 – with Oasis Connaught the first school to trail it.
Some 150 Mini Police members were treated to a day of activities – including dog and police horse displays – and received their certificates from Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Andy Marsh.
One pupil from each school also won Mini Police Officer of the Year, with ten-year-olds Jade Swinsoe from Oasis Connaught and Maisie-Ann Britton from Greenfield receiving the award – saying it made them “happy and proud.”
Jade said: “…My family were really proud of me as well and we had a celebration. I enjoy being in the Mini Police as I like helping other people. When I grow up I am going to join the police and help make Knowle West safer. “
Maisie-Ann who was unable to attend the day due to a broken ankle received her award at Greenfield School assembly.
She said: “…I worked really hard as a Mini Police and really enjoyed visiting the Bristol 600 Club in Knowle.
“I enjoyed talking to the elderly adults that use the Centre, they spoke lots about their younger lives and I found it really interesting. I enjoyed finding out what differences and similarities we had.”
Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I was delighted to present our young Mini Police members with certificates in recognition of their involvement in this important initiative.
“Our local neighbourhood policing teams work extremely hard to build and maintain positive relationships with the local community and this initiative enables our officers to engage with some of the younger members in a fun and rewarding way…”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, added: “…The initiative not only inspires children to consider a career in policing in later life, but also encourages great relationships between the police and the next generation.”