Junior PCSOs go on the beat in Balby

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After working alongside local services for the summer, 10 pupils from Woodfield Primary School have now completed the Junior Police Community Support Officer scheme.

The scheme, funded and run by St. Leger Homes of Doncaster, offered 15 young people from Woodfield Primary School, Balby, the opportunity to work alongside local services including South Yorkshire Police, St. Leger Homes, Doncaster Council, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, and others over the summer holiday period.

The children, aged 10 and 11 years old, went on visits to local fire stations and police cells, and learnt about the impact of crime, antisocial behaviour, and hoax calls on the emergency services and the community.

Doncaster Mayor, Ros Jones, says “Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour is a priority and the PCSO schemes have had a positive impact in the wider community. This is just one of a number of Junior PCSO schemes which have successfully been run across the whole of the borough. It is a great opportunity for our young people to be part of the action and see just how our local services work.”

St. Leger Homes manages around 21,000 properties on behalf of Doncaster Council, and is working to help its tenants and their families improve their quality of life.

Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, Susan Jordan, said: “The Junior PCSO scheme is one we are proud to support. I hope the young people involved are able to share their experiences with others and have a positive impact in their local community as a result.”