School children pen thank you letters to police after they spend a day in the classroom
06 Mar | 13:26

A class of young school children have penned letters to say thank you to police - after their local bobbies on the beat spent a day in the classroom.

Officers made the visit to Knop Law Primary School in the Chapel House area of Newcastle last week as part of the school’s 999 Emergency Day.

The purpose of the visit was to engage with the children, teach them about the role of the police and show them that they are here to help.

But CSOs Shaun Dunnleavey and Lauren Palmer were left feeling overwhelmed after the class of Year One pupils presented them with hand-written letters to say thank you for their visit.

Extracts from some of the letters included “I learnt that you should not be scared of the police”, “it was a lovely day and I had so much fun” and “thank you for giving up your time to come to our school”.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Ashley Palmer, of the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team, has now thanked the school children for their kind words.

She said: “These kind of visits are really important for ourselves as well as the children as it shows them that we are people too and are just here to help.

“Sometimes children grow up with a negative view of police and think that we are only going to be around if they get themselves in to trouble.

“It is important we address that early on and make sure that they feel confident contacting us if they, their friends or their family ever need our help.

“I know that Lauren and Shaun had a great time down at the school and were overwhelmed by all the kind words written by the children.

“We hope we had a positive impact on them and taught them a valuable lesson about looking after themselves and their community.”

If you want to contact your local neighbourhood policing team then visit the Northumbria Police website or call 101.

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