Police go back to the classroom

CSOs Katie Gerard and Kevin Simpson with the winners of the colouring competition at Alnwick South First School - back (l-r) Cameron Prentice, Jak Pentleton, Caitlin Belisle, Iona Brooks and front Charlie Ann Smith, Luis Browell and Paula Straughan.
CSOs Katie Gerard and Kevin Simpson with the winners of the colouring competition at Alnwick South First School - back (l-r) Cameron Prentice, Jak Pentleton, Caitlin Belisle, Iona Brooks and front Charlie Ann Smith, Luis Browell and Paula Straughan.
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POLICE in Alnwick have been back to the classroom in a series of school visits in the last couple of weeks.

As part of the Safer Schools Partnership, which sees police in Northumberland work closely with the schools in the area, officers have been visiting first schools in Alnwick and speaking to children about issues such as road safety and good citizenship.

Community support officers and police constables have been giving presentations and working with the children on projects and competitions in classes.

A number of local supermarkets supported officers with the initiative and donated Easter eggs as prizes.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “This type of work is extremely important to us as a neighbourhood policing team. Getting into the local schools and engaging with students as early as possible has a number of benefits and it’s something that we’re very happy to be a part of.

“Students had the chance to speak to officers about what it’s like to be a police officer and ask questions about their job and the things they get to do. Officers also had the chance to speak to the pupils about road safety, about general crime issues and chat to them about general good behaviour in the community.

“Through work like this then hopefully the whole community will reap the benefits.”