Our Mini Police have had a great start to their mini policing career, by receiving their very own attestation ceremony.
The Mini Police programme in Derbyshire has expanded this year from 3 schools to 12 schools, due to last year’s success. The participating schools are spread right across the County, from Gamesley down to Swadlincote. The scheme is aimed at children aged between 9 and 11 years old, in years 5 or 6. Its objective is to introduce the children to a positive experience of policing and to get them involved in the local community.
The scheme runs through the school’s term time and follows a three-step programme, involving education, community, and reward. The sessions have been predominately developed by the Mini Police team, who have worked closely with various specialist departments within force to design bespoke age-appropriate inputs. They learn about topics such as the fatal 4, heritage and rural crime, and ages of responsibility. They are then delivered by the local safer neighbourhood teams who develop a great relationship with the schools as the year progresses. As well as receiving visits from our operation support teams such as the dog’s section, drones unit, firearms team and roads policing team.
The scheme hopes to improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve, as well as giving the young people an opportunity to learn about their safety, their role within the community and how the Police work with the community to keep us all safe. It gives the children an environment to say what matters to them, what troubles them about their environment and to influence people around them in a positive way.
The attestation ceremonies are held at each school and are a way of welcoming the children into the Mini Police and thanking them for their hard work so far. The children do a small presentation, teaching us what they have learnt and are all presented with their Mini Police caps and pocket notebooks.