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Cop swap shop scheme rolled out in three Lichfield schools

Sgt Richard Morris and PCSO Maggie Griffiths with Charnwood headteacher Simon Kelly and pupils Luke Perry, Daniel Ryan, Laura Bryan and Neve McCallian

Sgt Richard Morris and PCSO Maggie Griffiths with Charnwood headteacher Simon Kelly and pupils Luke Perry, Daniel Ryan, Laura Bryan and Neve McCallian

A cop swap shop is being launched at Lichfield schools to try and get youngsters talking to their local police officers.

Pupils at Charnwood, Rocklands and SS Peter and Paul primary schools will join the scheme which gives youngsters the chance to collect and swap picture cards with facts about their local neighbourhood police officers.

Over the next two months, 250 youngsters at the three north Lichfield schools will be encouraged to get to meet and chat with their neighbourhood police and community support officers to build up their sticker card collections.

Once they have a complete set, pupils will take part in a free competition to win prizes.

Lichfield Neighbourhood police officer, Sergeant Richard Morris said:

“At our police station open day, lots of youngsters were very keen to meet officers and learn about their work. Cop Swap is a fun way for youngsters to do just that and will encourage them and their families to build positive relationships with local officers.”

Youngsters get a card each time they meet an officer, either at school or out and about in their neighbourhood which they stick on a wall chart. The cards list facts about individual officers including how long they have been in the police force, which area they cover and their hobbies.

A website has also been set up where youngsters can log on for information on how to get extra cards and play games.

Staffordshire County Councillor Liz Staples, Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

“This is a highly effective way of engaging with children and families, and giving them a chance to get to know their local police officers in a positive light.  It’s fantastic to see local schools embracing this, and the Community and Learning Partnership are pleased to once again fund this project.”

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