New chapter for PCSOs' reading project in schools

Some of our officers have gone back to school to bring children some happy endings with a reading project in Birmingham.

Police Community Support Officers Sarah Savage and Steph Lloyd started the project to go into classrooms and read stories to the children in December.

They wanted the youngsters to see the friendly face of policing and not just worry that an officer was only there if a sad or bad thing had happened.

School reading collage

The project began in a special school and is now expanding to take in other primary schools, with a total of six getting involved.

But with the pandemic changing life for everyone, our officers weren't able to go into the school buildings.

So instead they recorded their storytelling for the teachers to then show to the youngsters during their virtual lessons or within the classroom environment.

And the next tale to be told is called ‘In the Nick of Time’, by Superintendent Karen Geddes which launched in December, pictured, and tells the story of a black female officer and her family.

Now schools have opened up again and the PCSOs will be returning to the classroom as soon as they are able to.

PCSO Savage, said: "This is all about making a connection with the children.

"We want them to know that a police officer is more than someone who's only there when there's trouble.

"It was initially an idea to create links with our local special school, but we thought we may as well extend it to all primary schools.

"And now lockdown is easing, we're all looking forward to the next chapter of this project in the classrooms."

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