Schools to get police visits as part of new project

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Schoolchildren in Lichfield will get the chance to have their say on how to tackle crime as part of a new initiative by Staffordshire Police.

Officers will be going into schools, starting this week at Scotch Orchard Primary School, and interacting with students on issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour as part of the Safe School 4 U campaign.

The move is part of a drive to improve links between the police and youngsters and develop a stronger sense of community responsibility.

Trent Valley’s education strategy officer, PC Ian Baker, says the voice of young people needs to be heard.

“We will be meeting pupils aged seven to 16 who we know are keen to see what they can do to make the areas where they live better places,” he said.

“In my experience, young people are more than willing to play an active part in improving their community – everything from litter picking to joining youth groups.

“By talking to young people and through special workshop sessions, we aim to encourage them to tell us how they would tackle community issues such as street crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Chief Inspector David Bird, Trent Valley’s lead officer for local policing said: “This initiative is all about is actively involving young people in shaping the decisions that affect their lives and providing them with a platform so they can have their say.

“It will also help give young people a better understanding of how police work in local neighbourhoods and encourage them to play an active part in helping build safer and more confident communities.”

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