Police try to recruit kid cops
08 December 2006 08:46
A pioneering recruitment campaign has been launched which aims to get a team of 'kid cops' to help reclaim the streets.
Norfolk police are looking for youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, to help clean up communities in the North Earlham, Larkman and Marlpit areas of Norwich.
The children - who will become Junior Rangers - would spend about two hours a week taking part in various activities including voluntary work and other community-based projects.
Police community support officers are looking to the business community to help fund the scheme but first need to find enough willing volunteers to join forces with the police.
PCSO Cat Lang said: “I am keen to try to set up a West Norwich Junior Rangers scheme and at this early stage I would like to see how many youngsters would be interested in getting involved.
“I think it would be an excellent scheme for young people in the area and if we can get it off the ground it would be beneficial to local people because of the voluntary work which rangers' groups get involved with in their communities.”
PCSO Lang is currently making applications for funding and approaching other partner agencies for support for the idea.
“I am looking for children aged between 11 and 16 who would like to get involved and I am also keen to hear from any businesses in the area who may be able to support us in some way,” she said.
John Gates, landlord of the Gatehouse, in Dereham Road, said: “I think it's a shame that there's not enough for children to do in the area.
“When I was younger I used to be in the Scouts and we were taught skills like first aid which is obviously an important asset for any community.”
If established the scheme will teach youngsters to take pride in the places they live and will complement the Evening News' Reclaim our Communities campaign.
The campaign, which has been backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, aims to encourage people to stand up to the minority of people who spoil the areas we live for the rest of us.
Anyone who is interested or would like further information should contact PCSO Lang at Earlham Police Station on 0845 4564567.