SCHOOL CHILDREN GET A TASTE OF LIFE AS A PCSO
By Com_Publisher | Thursday, June 03, 2010, 15:44
A group of
Children taste life as a PCSO
Bournemouth school children are set to experience what it is like to be a
(Police Community Support Officer) with Dorset
Fifteen children aged between 8 and 10 years
old, from St
Michael’s School in West Cliff have been ‘recruited’ as
junior PCSOs after they won a writing competition where they explained
would like to become a PCSO.
Over the next seven weeks, the children will
the area’s PCSOs, getting involved in various community activities
including litter picks.
The youngsters will also get to visit at
station and experience what it is like to work in the custody block and
the Force’s dog and traffic sections.
They will also meet partner agencies who the
work with, including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, ambulance
and fire service.
The aim of the scheme is to support the
dreams of becoming a PCSO and promote citizenship among younger members
PCSO Adrian Griffiths, of the Bournemouth
Neighbourhood Team, said: “We got the idea from Hampshire Constabulary,
who carried out a similar scheme in Totton last year.
“These youngsters have expressed an interest
career as a PCSO and we want to foster their interest through this
“Becoming a PCSO was the best decision I’ve
“I get to work with members of the public to
long standing issues and hopefully, improve their quality of life.”
On Wednesday 14 July 2010, the children will
presentation evening where they will be presented with certificates of
The scheme is currently a trial but if
successful over the
summer, the intention is to roll it out across Dorset.
What do you think ? Do you think this kind of "Taster" session for children. Is it a good thing and can it really give them a good idea of what the job entails, or do you think it's a waste of time and resources ?