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‘mini police’ welcomed at launch of community project

11 March, 2020

Lancashire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed around 60 9-11 year olds to Police headquarters at the start of the ‘mini police’ scheme.

It is aimed at driving engagement in primary schools, building trust and encouraging them to get involved in their community. The pupils are from Cobbs Brow, Little Digmoor and Ormskirk CofE.

The first pilot is taking place in West Lancashire, with the first cohort focusing on knife crime as their first topic. They will be developing short films, which highlight the issue and warn of the dangers.

Upcoming projects include one chosen by the young people themselves, in addition to an educational day organised by the force.

The Deputy Commissioner, Chris Webb, welcomed those taking part to headquarters and was interested to hear about the work they were already doing.

He said: “We were really pleased to help fund the launch of the mini police project. Building safe and confident communities is a key priority in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan and this work is already making a noticeable difference in the West Lancashire rea and within the schools taking part.

“Policing alone cannot tackle issues such as knife crime and other concerns that are raised with me by the public, with engagement across the community and investment into projects which bring people together hugely important.

“I am really looking forward to seeing how the scheme progresses. The excitement from those taking part is clear to see and I am confident that they will really gain a lot from the scheme.

Sgt Darren Carr of Skelmersdale Police added: “This is a great opportunity for us to engage with younger children. I want our engagement with the primary schools to be long lasting and enable us to address some other issues such as public confidence in the police, building stronger relationships with the community and future recruitment from our hard to reach communities.”

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