Primary school pupils across Lincolnshire are benefiting from an innovative new education programme, which focus on key policing prioirities, such as road safety, internet safety, crime reduction and neighbourhood policing, but in a fun, child-friendly way.
The concept was devised by a police community support officer based in Louth, Dean Warrilow, who put his artisitc skills to work in creating friendly police characters.
PCSO Warrilow said: “It all began with Pc Mark Property. Each time we hosted a property marking session in Louth stores such as B&Q or Halfords, I displayed a sign featuring the character so customers knew at a glance why we were in the store and how we could help.”
PCSO Warrilow began drawing other characters and with input from local schools and Lincolnshire Police’s community safety department, the programme was developed, with elements tailored to suit all primary schoolchildren from reception through to Key Stages 1 and 2.
The programme covers a number of sessions, each focusing on a different policing message.
Pc Drivewell’s character delivers road safety messages, teaching how to cross the road and the importance of seatbelts, child seats and cycle helmets.
The session involving PCSO Webb’s covers aspects to do with the internet and texting, teaching how to stay safe online.
PCSO Warrilow said: “For the very young children in reception, PCSO Will Greetham’s character uses games and activities like colouring to introduce them to their local PCSOs and the role they do. Older children can become involved in practical sessions including property marking and the programme can be used as a stand-alone package or to complement other school liaison work, for example, the Junior PCSO Scheme and Bobby Bear Lessons in Pride.
“Through feedback from my neighbourhood policing team (NPT) colleagues, education and the children, the programme is continuously being developed to expand new topics, such as cycle safety and anti-social behaviour.”
Every NPT in the county is able to deliver the programme and any school interested in finding out more should contact their local PCSO for further information.