Pupils from four Black Country schools have shown their crime-fighting credentials after becoming junior police community support officers.
Ahhhh, look at the little future agents of the state! Don’t they look cute!
Ten pupils, aged nine to 11, from each school have signed up to help police their schools and streets along with regular PCSOs from their local police stations. The children spend an hour each week with officers, going out on patrol and helping to spot issues and areas of concern in their areas.
Is that ‘one hour a week’ part of the school time, perchance?
They are also holding antibullying surgeries in their schools and helping to foster a good relationshipbetween pupils and the police.The scheme has been set up by PCSO Lisa Charmwell from Wednesbury police station who…said: “The aim of the scheme is for the children to become aware of issues around them and to take ownership and pride in resolving them, such as advising local residents on various parking issues.”
So, when you are confronted by some little pipsqueak whinging about your parking habits and you think ‘My, the police and their quasi-cousins the PCSOs are looking younger every day, this one looks about five years old!’, take another look.
They may actually be five years old!
“They will also advise their fellow pupils on problems within school and help work them out.”
Oh, really? What, pray tell, will the teachers be doing to earn their salary, then?
They are, of course, all for it:
Niki Woodbine, from Glebelands School, said: “The children are really excited to be part of the scheme.
She added: “We are hoping it will increase their sense of responsibility and show them they can make a difference.”
They won’t be able to read policing guidelines, write statements, or add up how many tickets they’ve issued, but hey, can any of the real police..?