Police visit school to give safety talk

22 Feb 2016 09:25 AM

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Police Visit Ryton Infant School for student safety talk

On Monday, February 8th, officers from the Outer West Neighbourhood Team and Northumbria Police Dog Section visited Ryton Infant School to speak with pupils about their role in the police and talk to them about stranger danger and internet safety.

Local Neighbourhood Officer PC Andrew Hyde organised the event following a request by the head teacher Mrs Porter who stated the children were currently learning about the emergency services.

Northumbria Police dog handler PC Lora Smiles brought along police dog Elvis and demonstrated some of the skills Elvis has learnt through his training to become a police dog.

PC Smiles, PC Hyde, PC Richard Henry and PCSO Glen Topham spent an afternoon with the whole school talking about important issues such as the role of the police and how they can help children. Stranger Danger and internet safety. The children then were given the opportunity to look around the different types of police vehicles we have available to us and ask questions.

PC Hyde said "Having known Mrs Porter for the last 26 years since I went to this school, it was an honour to be asked to come back and speak to the pupils about our role in the police force. The children were extremely keen to ask us questions about what our role is and how we link in with the other emergency services.

"Visits like this really help us get positive messages across to the children about how the police can help them and what we are here for, it helps build bridges and relationships for the future. They are also vital in helping protect our young people and raising awareness in things like stranger dangers and just how important it is to stay safe online."

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