Smiles all round after school visits

13 Apr 2017 09:38 AM

Spittal First School [View Full Size]

Berwick Neighbourhood team invited children from local schools to have a behind the scenes peek around their local police station earlier this year.

The youngsters and their teachers were shown around custody, had their fingerprints taken, visited the interview room and saw how Berwick CCTV cameras are monitored in the town. They thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in police uniforms including hi viz jackets, helmets and even got to lock their teachers in the back of a police van - clearly one of the highlights of their day.

After their visit the youngsters were asked to draw pictures or write a short story about their visit and what it's like to be a police officer. These accounts and pictures were sent through to the neighbourhood team and Sergeant Andy Pullen, the new neighbourhood sergeant, had the difficult task of choosing the best stories and awarding prizes, together with certificates for good work.

Sergeant Pullen and the Neighbourhood Team have now been back at the schools and re-visited the nursery last week to present prizes and certificates to the many winners.

Sergeant Pullen said: “We are a Neighbourhood Policing Team and, as such, we are a part of the local community. It is important to me that we have the opportunity to work with local schools and their pupils to make our links with the community even stronger. Events like these allow the children to learn about what happens at their local police station and what it is like to do the job of a police officer or Community Support Officer. It is also our opportunity to show the children how the police are here to help people and not just to put away the bad guys.

"I have been tremendously impressed by the quality of both the written work and the pictures submitted by the pupils from all of the schools involved, and choosing the best ones has certainly not been an easy task. Each and every one of the children deserves to be congratulated on the effort which they have put into their work.

"The children had a great time during their visits and we've had comments from them saying coming to the police station was 'the most exciting trip ever' which was good to hear.

"Presenting the prizes and certificates, last week, has been an absolute joy for myself and the other members of the team. I think that the smiles on the faces of the children and of the officers involved, speaks volumes.

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff and management of Asda, Berwick who generously donated a number of the prizes which were awarded to the children.

"I think that we all agree that the recent visits have proven to be a great success for all concerned and will definitely be continued in the future. A big thank you to everyone involved."

The schools who took part were Spittal First School, The Grove School, St Ceolwulfs School, Norham, St Cuthbert's School, St Mary's School Newfields. The children at Prior Park Nursery were too young to visit the police station, so the officers came to them instead, bringing a police vehicle for them to explore. Well done to all.

Pictured Pupils and officers at Spittal First School, one of the schools who took part.