Shakespeare Junior School students have been given a unique insight into the work of Police Community Support Officer’s (PCSO’s), after completing 5 weeks of basic training led by Eastleigh’s PCSO Sam Izzard from the Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
The scheme is the first to run in central Eastleigh and so was quickly over subscribed. The aim is to foster relationships with young people, encourage confidence and understanding of the role of ‘the police’ within our communities, explain how PCSO’s and Pc’s work together as a team.
The sessions were run over 5 weeks by #pcsoSam as she is know by her #hastag on the Eastleigh Police twitter site, where she was supported by staff and other police colleagues.
The sessions included how to record descriptions of people, team building exercises, using radios, fingerprinting (finding prints on everyday items and also inking their hands to make their own prints) and even an examination of a crime scene and investigation to find the culprit of a crime!
PCSO Sam Izzard said: “Over the course of five weeks, we have given students an understanding of how the pupils, their families and school friends, along with police officers and PCSO’s contribute to reducing crime and anti social behaviour in their local community. As well as the serious side, it’s been a huge amount of fun; I’m really taken aback at how successful and enthusiastic everyone has been about the scheme!”
The programme culminated in a presentation afternoon, with certificates awarded to the 9 students, who had successfully completed the scheme, by Inspector James Douglas, senior officer for Eastleigh sector. Pupils were also rewarded with presentation packs supplied courtesy of Halfords uk – which included a bike lock, rucksack, puncture repair kit and water bottle.
“We’re really grateful to Halfords for supporting the scheme, it’s great to be able to give the students something as a reward for their hard work and enthusiasm and something I know they’ll find really useful”
Mrs McCarthy, The Head Teacher from Shakespeare Junior School, said: “This project was a great experience for the students, they’ve been really excited about the sessions, learnt a great deal and it’s fostered a positive relationship between them and our local officers”
Because of the scheme’s success, PCSO Izzard has been asked by the school to run the 5 week course again in the next academic year, a request we are very keen to support.
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