Pupils at St Anne’s School in Grantham were visited by Lincolnshire Police officers and presented with medals and certificates after taking part in a Junior Police Cadet School Officer (JPCSO) scheme.
The program is designed to enable officers to engage with primary school children and have a toolkit to teach basic crime prevention and community safety.
The target age for JPCSOs is Years 5/6 and the schools are supportive of children working during lunchtimes and breaks so as not to disrupt their normal day-to-day activities within the school curriculum. This scheme is designed to complement their curriculum in the subjects of personal safety and community awareness.
Each child wishing to become a JPCSO gives an election speech and presentation explaining the reasons why they would like to be considered for the role. Votes are cast by the other pupils in the year and two senior JPCSOs and two JPCSO deputies are elected.
Once elected the JPCSO is supplied with a hi-vis waistcoat, pocket book to record data and a lanyard incorporating a task card to record their achievements throughout the year.
Each JPCSO holds office for one year, working through a number of set tasks each term. These include drink driving awareness, anti-bullying and personal safety awareness. The JPCSOs are responsible for fair play between other pupils whilst in school and promote a healthy environment for all to develop.
Last week, PCSO Jackie Fulker and community beat manager Pc Pete Nettleton visited the pupils at St Anne’s and put them through their paces with a final speeding task. This involved stopping motorists who were driving at between 30 and 35mph and, rather than issue them with a ticket, they had to stand in front of the children and explain why they were speeding.
People who were sticking to the speed limit came into the school car park to get a thank you ticket (pictured).
PSCO Fulker said: “We are so pleased to be able to present the JPCSOs with their medals and certificates. They’ve worked so hard throughout the scheme, and we also presented them with a shield for their achievements. They thoroughly deserve it.
“The aim of the program is to enable us to engage with the children and encourage them to be aware of some crime prevention and community safety. It’s a great scheme that really makes a difference.
“We’re particularly pleased with the final speeding task the JPCSOs took part in because one of the groups we brought in to say thank you to for not driving too fast was a group of young lads from a nearby school. At their age they can often get stigmatised and stereotyped for speeding and this shows that a lot of young men their age are actually sensible and responsible drivers.
“Lincolnshire Police would like to say thank you again to them and not least to our JPCSOs at St Anne’s, they’ve been an amazing group and approached everything with such enthusiasm. We’ve really enjoyed working with them.”