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PCC on parade with Junior Police Squads for their final day at HQ

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway welcomed the Luton Junior Police Squads to Police HQ for a fun-packed final day.

Children from the St Martin De Porres School Junior Police Squad, which has been funded by the Commissioner, had a tour of the Force Control Room, the Custody Suite and a display from the dog section.

“It’s been fantastic to see the Luton Junior Police Squads thoroughly enjoying their day at Police HQ with our newest four-legged recruits – two new police puppies – and meeting the Firearms Team,” said Commissioner Holloway.

“Their teachers told us that not only did they also love this opportunity, but the benefits, in school, of the improved discipline and team-working skills the police have taught pupils has been of huge value to all involved.”

The Junior Police Squad project, which was launched by the Commissioner, provided children with police uniforms, caps and notebooks. Police officers have held workshops and fun activities for the children to teach them about policing, crime prevention and parading skills.

PC Ben Dimmock and his team have been working closely with local schools to encourage children to join and build stronger relationships with our communities in a scheme for 11-12 year olds.  

“The children from St Martin De Porres School Junior Police Squad have had a fantastic morning visiting Bedfordshire Police Headquarters. They got to see the Force Control Room, Custody, a display by the dog section and the firearms range. Everyone was really excited and it was a great end to a fantastic year for the project. The children all looked very smart in their Junior Police Squad uniforms, and I would like to sincerely thank the PCC for supporting the project by financing them,” said PC Dimmock.

Looking ahead to next year, due to the success of the Junior Police Squads, the Commissioner will continue to support the project and work alongside the Force to extend its reach to more schools.

“I am delighted to announce that next year we will be extending Junior Police Squads to nine schools. I am also asking the team to see if we can provide a week-long half-term Junior Police Squad programme at Headquarters which will be funded by me,” said the Commissioner.

“We will be running the project again starting in September. It will operate in a slightly different way to this year. Instead of a full school year, we will run during a single term which will make it more condensed. Running it this way will mean we can spread the benefits to the maximum number of schools,” added PC Dimmock.