Vulnerable school children have been visited by police so they know who to call if they ever need help.
It was a big day for youngster at Cedars Trust School in Low Fell after they were paid a visit by officers from the Gateshead East Neighbourhood Policing Team.
The school is for children between the ages of three and 19 who have special educational needs, including autism, issues with speech and physical disabilities.
Many of the children struggle to communicate with strangers and that potentially leaves them vulnerable to crime.
PC Paul Alderson and CSO Kate Ramsey visited them last week to show them that the police were a friendly face they can call if they need help – and not just people in uniform playing cops and robbers.
Sergeant Elliott Richardson said: “Paul and Kate spent a morning with the children and staff with a question and answer session and had a great time.
“We wanted to have a session with the children to bridge the gap and show that the police are not just like what you see on TV and are there to keep them safe.
“Once we had answered their questions the children then had some fun dressing up in our uniform and having a look around the police 4x4 vehicle.
“They had a great time and it is fantastic that we have made a lasting impression with such an enthusiastic group of children.
“I hope they now know that the police are there for them in their time in need and they have the confidence to call us if they ever need our help.”
If you want to report a crime to police then you can do so by calling 101 or reporting it online on the Northumbria Police website.