The Junior Police Squad was launched at Putnoe Primary School in September 2016, and three other schools - Queens Park Academy, St. Martin de Porres Primary School in Lewsey Farm and Brooklands Middle School – have also signed up to the 2016 scheme.
The scheme is for children between nine and 11-years-old. The new initiative aims to develop and maintain trust in the force, as well as educating young people in the county on important issues. This is a school based scheme and not open to applications.
Every two weeks, members of the force’s Crime Reduction team will attend the schools to lead a session with Junior Police Squad members, covering topics in line with the force’s priorities including cyber-crime, hate crime, and guns and gangs. As well as attending one of the force’s own crime prevention initiatives during the year, the Junior Police Squad will carry out duties such as litter-picking in their own communities.
Each of the young volunteers will wear a Junior Police Squad uniform to perform their duties, which consists of a polo shirt and cap adorned with the Junior Police Squad logo and Bedfordshire Police crest. Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has funded the Junior Police Squad Uniforms from her Community Safety Fund.
For more information, please email Children and Young People Development Officer and School Co-ordinator Richard Denton