Bedfordshire Police have released a video about the launch of the brand new junior police squad, which took place at Putnoe Primary School.
The junior police squad is part of the force’s continued commitment to engage with young people in the county.
The scheme is for children between nine and 11-years-old, and aims to develop and maintain trust in the force, as well as educating young people in the county on important issues.
Four schools - Putnoe Primary School, Queens Park Academy, St. Martin de Porres Primary School in Lewsey Farm and Brooklands Middle School in Leighton Buzzard – have signed up to the scheme.
Every two weeks, members of the force’s crime reduction team will attend the schools to lead a session with junior police squad members, covering topics in line with the force’s priorities including cyber-crime, hate crime, and guns and gangs. As well as attending one of the force’s own crime prevention initiatives during the year, the Junior Police Squad will carry out duties such as litter-picking in their own communities.
Each of the young volunteers will wear a junior police squad uniform to perform their duties, which consists of a polo shirt and cap adorned with the junior police squad logo and Bedfordshire Police crest.
Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway funded the junior police squad uniforms from her community safety fund.