Youngsters learn about policing

CHILDREN at Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School have been learning new skills this week as part of the Northamptonshire Young Detectives Scheme (NPYD).

Pupils aged between nine and 13 years old have taken part in the scheme organised by East Northamptonshire North SCT which started on Monday and will end tomorrow.

The project is being run in partnership with the local youth centre in Kings Cliffe, called “Underground” led by Youth Club Leader, Katy Weeks.

This is the third year that young people have had the opportunity to be part of this scheme and to take on missions based around team working, problem solving and communication.

Officers have been giving presentations about their daily routines and the budding sleuths were introduced to two of PC Pete Gray’s working dogs, who gave them a talk and demonstration showing just what these highly trained dogs can do.

PCSO Phil Dobson who presented the programme said: “The Young Detectives Scheme helps to introduce young schoolchildren to the work done by the police in a fun and interactive way.

“Our aim is to make the sessions entertaining but educational on matters of crime prevention and reducing the risks of being a victim of crime.

“It is really encouraging to know that this information could then be shared with their families and friends by talking about what they have learned in this novel way to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Ultimately, this is a great example of local community organisations working together.”