Wisewood School kids complete Junior PCSO scheme

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Wisewood School kids complete Junior PCSO scheme

Post by Bert Moffat » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:46 pm

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Wisewood School kids complete Junior PCSO scheme

Students at Wisewood Primary School were recently given a unique insight into the work of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), after completing some basic training with South Yorkshire Police officers.

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The junior PCSO scheme is the first of its kind in Sheffield, and was led by PC Joy Price from the Central Safer Neighbourhood Area.

The aim of the scheme was to introduce pupils to their local PCSOs, explain PCSO duties, and show how PCSOs work alongside police.

Twelve Year six students and a member of staff took part in the Wisewood scheme, and completed an eight week programme of activities. The sessions included team building and radio exercises, drill exercises, an area walkabout, and use of the Unipar speed gun.

PC Price said: “This scheme has shown students how the roles of a PCSO and police officer are just two pieces of the jigsaw. Over the course of eight weeks, we have given students an understanding of how they too can contribute to reducing crime in their local community.”

The programme ended with a presentation event where prizes were awarded to students who had shown outstanding qualities during the sessions.

Fran Zelly, a member of staff from Wisewood School, said: “This project was a fabulous experience for these students, before they leave to go to different secondary schools. The change in their confidence is amazing. I loved every minute of it.”