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Mini police ride high for Durham Constabulary in London

Mini Police Leaving Durham Station

The Mini Police leaving Durham Station

A celebration assembly took place this morning to mark the achievements of the Mini Police of Ebchester Primary School, after they sent representatives to London on behalf of Durham Constabulary last week. 

The trip combined two prestigious invitations, one from the Home Office and one from the Crimebeat Awards. The Ebchester Mini Police had met staff from the Home Office when they recently visited the school to learn more about the Mini Police Programme. They were so impressed that the children were invited to London to present their work.  This co-ordinated perfectly with the National Crimebeat Awards which the children were attending on behalf of Durham Constabulary. 

Today the children shared their experience in London with their peers.  The children had a very busy schedule in the capital.  Not only did they go to the Home Office and Crimebeat Awards, they also visited New Scotland Yard, and they had a surprise trip to the Houses of Parliament, where they met both the Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Policing Minister Nick Hurd.  They also got to ride on the London Eye and as it was a clear night they could see for miles. 

Durham Constabulary were nominated for the Crimebeat Award by the former High Sheriff Mrs Caroline Peacock.  The children had the responsibility of collecting the award, on behalf of Durham Constabulary.  This was a special award, which is only given in execptional circumstances.  It was awarded for ‘inventing the mini police scheme and encouraging its adoption by other police forces”.  

Craig Johnson, Mini Police Coordinator said: “When I developed the mini police programme in County Durham, I had no idea that it would grow to be the success it is now. I am very lucky that I now get to help other forces across the country implement the programme.  I am very proud of how it has changed the way we work with young people and the skills it gives them.”

“The children were fantastic ambassadors for the programme, their school, the Constabulary and County Durham.  Nothing phased them at all; they took it all in their stride.  It was a great experience, one which they will remember for a very long time.”

Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “I was very proud to be with the children on their trip as they were amazing ambassadors.  It was brilliant to see them share their experience and enthusiasm with their fellow students today.  Receiving the award on the trip made it even more special for them.  It is fabulous that the work Craig has done with the mini police has been recognised through this special award from Crimebeat.  His commitment and passion for the programme has driven our approach to engaging with young people.  We now have more mini police than regular cops.  I truly look forward to the day we get our first fully warranted Police Officer who started their police journey as a member of the mini police.”

Posted on Friday 27th April 2018
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