Young de­tec­tives given crime les­son

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS BRIEF -

BUD­DING sleuths have been given the chance to hone their skills with the help of top de­tec­tives.

Chil­dren at Oun­dle and Kings Cliffe Mid­dle School have been learn­ing new skills on crime and polic­ing this week as part of the Northamp­ton­shire Young De­tec­tives Scheme (NPYD).

Pupils aged be­tween nine and 13 years old have taken part in the scheme, which is be­ing run in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal youth cen­tre in Kings Cliffe, called “Un­der­ground” led by Youth Club leader Katy Weeks.

Lo­cal of­fi­cers have been giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions about their daily rou­tines and the young­sters were in­tro­duced to two work­ing dogs by PC Pete Gray, who gave them a talk and demon­stra­tion show­ing just what these highly trained dogs can do.

This is the third year that young peo­ple have had the op­por­tu­nity to be part of this scheme and to take on mis­sions based around team work­ing, prob­lem solv­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

PCSO Phil Dob­son who pre­sented the pro­gramme said: “The Young De­tec­tives Scheme helps to in­tro­duce young school­child­ren to the work done by the po­lice in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive way.

“Our aim is to make the ses­sions en­ter­tain­ing but ed­u­ca­tional on mat­ters of crime preven­tion and re­duc­ing the risks of be­ing a vic­tim of crime.

“It is re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to know that this in­for­ma­tion could then be shared with their fam­i­lies and friends by talk­ing about what they have learnt in this novel way to re­duce crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

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