Junior PCSO project inspiring police officers of tomorrow
We’re helping to protect children across Coventry and inspire police officers of tomorrow with a Junior PCSO scheme in the city’s schools.
The Junior PCSOs have joined Speed Watch groups to speak to motorists about safe driving near their schools, joined local patrols, met their police teams, and even turned detective in a mock crime scene where they have to find ‘stolen’ items and search for evidence.
But importantly we’re also educating the Year 5 and 6 youngsters about the dangers of drugs and gangs, grooming and how to stay safe online, plus anti-social behaviour and respect for their community.
Our schools team in North East Coventry are running the project in Moat House, Good Shepherd and Wyken Croft primary schools but aim to roll it out to all 33 schools in their patch.
The budding PCs wear a uniform of a high-vis jacket and a Junior PCSO cap – and on completing the course each receive a certificate signed by Coventry’s top cop Chief Superintendent Mike O'Hara.
PCSO Libby Stiles, said: “The children know they are representing their school when they are out and many have told me it makes them feel proud. It’s brilliant to hear that!
“It teaches the children good values and respect for their community while also getting across some really important personal safety messages.”