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12 July 2017 


Schoolgirl with ambitions to become a police officer visits Luton Police Station


A schoolgirl from Leighton Buzzard with ambitions of becoming a police officer got a unique look at policing behind the scenes on Friday (7 July).


Catherine Peach contacted police to ask if her daughter, Lizi, could visit a police station. Lizi, aged 11, wants be a police officer when she is older in order to make a difference. Her wish is to help stop people making the same mistakes her dad – who has been in prison on several occasions during Lizi’s life – has made.


Lizi was taken on a tour of Luton Police Station by PCSO Dan McHugh, and got to speak to several officers first-hand about their jobs. Lizi was also given a demonstration of how fingerprints are taken, stroked a police dog, and got to test out the sirens of a police car.


PCSO McHugh said: “It was great to see how enthusiastic Lizi is about policing, and she clearly really enjoyed the tour on Friday. It’s really important that we engage with people in our community from a young age so that they realise that we are here to help people, rather than something to be frightened of.


“We look forward to seeing her out on the beat in Bedfordshire in a few years’ time!”


Catherine said: “It was important for Lizi to learn more about how the police station works and to meet some officers who do the job for real. The police were really accommodating and Lizi had a great time, in particular she enjoyed meeting the police dogs and seeing the work of the forensics officers.”

Watch the short video of Lizi's visit.


lizi visit to lps