New recruits in Berwick as first ever Mini Police pull on their hi-vis and hit the streets
13 Nov | 12:10

Northumbria Police first launched the Mini Police in 2018 and recruited schoolchildren from across the region.

However, this is the first cohort in Berwick and the youngsters are looking forward to helping police and the community.

The newest to join the scheme come from Holy Trinity CE First School and were officially appointed by Neighbourhood Inspector John Swan and Sergeant Shona Vickers at Berwick Town Hall last Friday (November 8).

Insp Swan said: “The Mini Police play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and has already seen great results elsewhere in the Force area.

“I’ve spoken with our new recruits and they are very excited and ready to get started and we’re excited to have them.

“I would also like to thank the school’s Head Teacher Nick Shaw and everyone else who made this possible.”

As part of the scheme, the bushy-tailed recruits were handed their own police uniforms so they could volunteer their own time to support operational policing.

Whilst their first deployment was at the Remembrance Day service in Berwick they will also be helping with crime prevention, policing events and engaging with communities to see what concerns they have and finding solutions. 

Holy Trinity Head Teacher Nick Shaw said: “I’m extremely proud that our pupils were the first cohort of mini police in Berwick, and I’m looking forward to the children working closely with the police and the local community.”

Insp Swan added: “The Mini Police have been able to help us educate other children about issues impacting them and how they can ask police for help.

“They’re a valuable asset in supporting operational policing in the area and help us engage and support the wider community.

“I can’t wait to work with them - they may be small but their passion for helping is enormous!”

To find out more about the Mini Police scheme visit the Northumbria Police website.

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