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Sandi the Police Dog visits youngsters at Riddings Infant and Nursery School

Posted on 10th April 2017

Sandi the Police Dog has been to see the youngsters at Riddings Infant and Nursery School as they learn all about ‘dogs that help us’.

She spent time with the pupils on Tuesday, March 28 alongside her handler, PC Rachel Swift, and PCSO Richard Plant of the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.

They talked to the youngsters about the work of a Police Dog and police officer, and gave them an opportunity to ask questions about what they do. A Fire Service Dog also visited the pupils as part of the same topic

The visits tied in with an ongoing project to promote safe and sustainable travel through the ModeshiftSTARS scheme, and Derbyshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team.

This has included walking, cycling and scooting journeys through Riddings Park to school, followed by bike and security marking by PCSO Plant. Adults have also been able to join in with the project, thanks to Micro-Scooters UK who have provided a number of adult scooters for parents to use.

On Wednesday, March 29 the children were invited to take part in a sponsored non-uniform day, where they could dress up as dogs to walk, cycle or scoot to school and raise money for the RSPCA.

PCSO Plant said: “The youngsters have been learning all about ‘dogs that help us’ and it was a great opportunity for them to meet Sandi and find out more information first hand from her handler PC Swift about the work they do. Sandi was a very popular visitor!

“We all know that our canine friends love a good walk as well, so it fit in well with the ongoing sustainable travel project, where we took part in a dog themed walk, cycle or scoot to school. It was great fun, and has seen the school raise more than £100 to help animals in need of care.”

Would you like to know more about the work of the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team or our dog section? They both have Twitter accounts which you can follow, search @SomercotesSNT or @DerbysDogPolice.

Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

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