Berwick schools visit local police station

16 Feb 2017 09:19 AM

Pupils from Longridge Towers School [View Full Size]

School children from Berwick have been paying a visit to the town's police station recently.

Youngsters from first and middle schools in Berwick were invited to come and meet with neighbourhood officers to get an insight into the role of police officers.

The schools were keen to take up the offer and the children were given an informal tour of Berwick Police Station, spending time in the front office, CCTV room and custody suite.

Sergeant John Swan said: "The week long series of visits helped us to get to know the children, and taught them about how police operate, and how their local officers help to keep them and their families safe.

"The children had great fun experiencing what it is like to try on the police uniform, handle some of our protective equipment and become mini police officers for a time, by sitting in our marked police vehicles with light and sirens turned on.

"The teachers were real sports and allowed themselves to be locked into the prisoner caged area of our vehicles, much to the evident delight of their pupils.

"The children also paid a visit to a cell in our custody suite and had a great time having their fingerprints taken. It was a truly fun filled week with lots of laughter being heard in the back yard of Berwick Police station and the pupils were enthusiastic and mature, asking us lots of well thought out questions."

After their outing the First School children were set a competition to draw a picture of their visit, while the Middle School pupils have been asked to write an account of their trip to the police station.

Pictured, CSOs Michelle Hornsby, Gail Cassidy and Russell Stalker with pupils from Longridge Towers School.