Children from a primary school have successfully completed which gives them the opportunity to learn about community safety.

Fifty-eight year five pupils at Fairfield Primary School in Radlett took part in Hertfordshire Constabulary's eight-week Mini-Police programme.

The pupils learnt about topics including anti-social behaviour, cybercrime, road safety, hate crime and bullying. They also went out of school to monitor speeds of vehicles with the speed gun.

The programme is delivered by safer neighbourhood team officers and police community support officers (PCSOs), police cadet leaders, children and young people officers and volunteers.

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During a special assembly earlier this month, Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Anne Swerling presented the children with their Mini Police certificates.

Cllr Swerling, said: "It was a huge privilege to present the Mini Police certificates to all the young people involved. The Mini Police programme is a fantastic way to educate the children about policing, whilst they have fun and develop their confidence.

"I could see that the children all enjoyed themselves – you never know, we may have some future police officers amongst the group."

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PCSO Milan Boca, from the Bushey and Radlett safer neighbourhood team, added: "I was so impressed by their children’s enthusiasm and willingness to learn. 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."

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