Primary school children have thanked police officers who they spent seven weeks with learning about community safety.

Year five pupils at Fairfield School in Radlett have been working with officers from the Bushey and Radlett sfaer neighbourhood team as part of Hertfordshire Constabulary's mini-police scheme.

The pupils took part in the seven-week programme earlier this year. Mini Police is an opportunity for children aged between nine and 11 to learn about community safety, in a fun way which gives young people a voice.

It is also a means of engaging children within their communities, promoting responsible citizenship, helping to increase confidence and reduce perceived barriers.

The pupils learnt about topics including anti-social behaviour, cybercrime, road safety, hate crime and bullying.

To showcase their gratitude to the officers for their time, the schoolchildren created a card for them which said: "Thank you for everything you have taught us. We have really enjoyed learning about police work!"

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PC Kris Endersbee said: "The Mini Police scheme is such an important initiative in helping young people to see police officers as approachable and available to help if they need it.

"This scheme has been running successfully now for a number of years and its lovely to see the children when we are out and about on local patrols. It creates a positive relationship and we hope that it will deter some from participating in negative behaviours in the future.

"Receiving this card was very heart-warming. The children had clearly put lots of effort into it. We look forward to returning to the school in the near future for the next scheme."

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