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St James’ Primary School Mini Police passing out parade

Posted on : 15 Oct 2019

St James’ Primary School Mini Police passing out parade
Pupils at St James Primary School, Caerphilly, celebrated their passing out at a recent ceremony held as part of a Mini Police Engagement Scheme.

Working with Gwent Police, this scheme has been developed with schools across Gwent and provides the opportunity for children aged nine to eleven to work with local police officers and become ambassadors of their community.

At the start of the term, the pupils were invited to apply for the Mini Police Engagement Scheme and had to pass an interview to secure a position as a Mini Police Officer.

This year, twenty two pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 were successful and as a result, the children took part in a Passing Out Parade on Friday 11th October. They were presented in front of the school, staff, parents and governors with certificates and mini police uniforms by Chief Inspector Sarah Davies, PC Anthony Moore and Community Support Officer Sarah Mey, who have all been involved in the project.

The Mini Police Officers then took part in engaging and informative activities at Ystrad Mynach police station. They generated ideas and plans for projects which would provide opportunities to underpin links with the local police, support the community, educate and inform their peers and raise awareness of the importance of working with the police.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement said, “I would like to congratulate the Mini Police Officers at St James Primary School on their Passing Out Parade. This is a fantastic opportunity for these pupils to learn new skills, build confidence and give something back to the community all while having fun. This is a great way to create better relationships between the officers and the communities they serve.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Davies from Gwent Police said, “It’s fantastic to see our Mini Police Engagement Scheme working so well in St James Primary. We would like to thank the school for inviting us into the ceremony to present our Mini Police Officers with their passing out certificates, without the hard work from the pupils and teachers we would not be able run this scheme. We were so proud of all their smiling faces on Friday as they became the newest members of our policy family.”

Nikki Dargie, Head Teacher at St James Primary School said, “It is wonderful to see so many of our young pupils have the opportunity to take part in this scheme for the second year in a row. I am so pleased to see the enthusiasm from the pupils in Years 5 and 6, who aspire to make the community a nicer place to live, learn and work.”

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