CHILDREN tried their hand at walking the beat in a bid to learn how to become a police officer.
Certificates were awarded to nine youngsters from the Wheatley and Intake area after completing the Junior Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) scheme.
The scheme, gave them an insight into the roles and responsibilities of PCSOs over a 12-week period including crime and the consequences, a visit to the CCTV suite and the cells.
The children also covered environmental issues, such as litter picking, removal of graffiti as well as safety sessions including fire safety and road safety.
The children’s families were invited along to a presentation evening at Wheatley Youth Club to see what the young people had been doing during their training.
Supt Peter Norman from South Yorkshire Police and civic mayor and Wheatley councillor Eva Hughes handed out the certificates.
Children and young person officer, Pc Emma Bloodworth, who organised the scheme, said: “The scheme gave the young people an insight into the role of the PCSO and how they work in partnership to improve local communities.
“It aimed to teach young people about the implications of their actions, preventing antisocial behaviour and having respect for themselves and others.”
Partner organisations were also involved to educate the junior PCSOs on real life scenarios and the consequences incidents can have on the community.
Pc Bloodworth added: “The young people have shown a real dedication to the scheme turning up every Friday night for the last 12 weeks.
“They have taken part in various activities in the community whilst also learning about crime and how the police and PCSO’s work. It has helped to build relationships between the police and young people and hopefully will be rolled out across the Borough so more young people can get involved.”
Coun Hughes, said: “This scheme has been a big success and it’s excellent to see young people helping out and learning how to work with PCSOs and Council officers to keep Doncaster clean and safe.
“I hope to see many more youngsters signing up if the scheme is expanded across the town.”