Posted on 26th March 2015
Brailsford pupils have being learning all about their local police following a trip to Ashbourne Police Station.
Children from Brailsford C of E Primary School were invited to meet their local Safer Neighbourhood team to find out more about their role in helping to keep the community safe.
The Reception and Year One class visited Ashbourne Police Station on Tuesday, March 17, as part of their class topic around ‘inspirational people’.
During the visit, the children were shown around the station and had the chance to look around the enquiry office, cells and interview area. Pupils also tried their hand at having their fingerprints taken for fun to take home with them.
PC Rachel Baggaley and PCSO Tammy Bell-Heather from the team spoke to the class about their roles, different jobs that they attend and what equipment they carry on a day to day basis.
PC Rachel Baggaley from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We spoke to the children about the difference between a police officer and a police community support officer, and why we wear uniforms just like they do for school.
“The children had the chance to try on various pieces of uniform before going out into the yard and sitting in a police car. They also learnt all about the equipment that we carry in the vehicle and why.
“They all thoroughly enjoyed the visit asking lots of questions and the children were all extremely well behaved and polite. It was a pleasure having them at the station.”
Class Teacher Mrs Barford added: “Looking in the cells, having 'mug shots' and fingerprints taken, sitting in the police car and trying on the police uniform were great fun.
“The talk that the two officers gave was brilliant as it highlighted the different roles of the police, such as how they actually help people by, for example, helping them find things they have lost, but also the difficult role they have with people who don't keep to the rules.
“They certainly made us all think of what a hard job being a police officer is, and what an inspiration they are in dealing with difficult, and at times, dangerous and unpleasant situations.”
To speak to the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, and follow them on Twitter for the latest policing news: @AshbourneSNT