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Children march proudly through Stanley to launch new Mini Police

Stanley Mini Police launch parade 26.02.2016

Young people parade to launch event in Stanley

About 80 children marched through Stanley for the official launch of the town's Mini Police.

DOZENS of youngsters paraded proudly through Stanley today (Friday, February 26) for the official launch the area's Mini Police.

The children from four schools met at Stanley Police Station, before marching along Front Street for the launch ceremony at Stanley Civic Hall.

They were met by County Durham's Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, Durham County Council chairman Councillor Jan Blakey, Stanley Town Council chairman Cllr Joan Nicholson and other senior council and police officers. The Mini Police met traffic officers and dog handlers from TV’s Police Interceptors, before being transported back to school. Stanley Town Council provided funding for 80 young people from four schools in the Stanley area to become Mini Police officers with Durham Constabulary.

The schools involved are Catchgate Primary School, Greenland Primary School, South Stanley Primary School, and East Stanley Primary School.

Mini Police boys and girls will find themselves on the frontline when greeting royalty, helping police community safety officers tackle local issues and promote seasonal campaigns.

Ron said: “This is fabulous. We have four schools represented here and this is the future – getting youngsters involved in policing at a very early stage and getting them giving something to the community.”

View photographs from the launch event on both the Facebook pages for both the PCC and the Mini Police.
Posted on Friday 26th February 2016
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