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Police dog visits winner of Lichfield competition

Trinity Turner meets Ben and his handler PC John Maunders, with PC Alison Rowley, headteacher Simon Kelly, PCSO Brian Harbon and PCSO Maggie Griffiths

Trinity Turner meets Ben and his handler PC John Maunders, with PC Alison Rowley, headteacher Simon Kelly, PCSO Brian Harbon and PCSO Maggie Griffiths

Lichfield youngsters who took part in a competition to help them get to know their local police officers have been treated to a surprise visit from a police dog.

Two-year-old golden labrador Ben dropped by during an assembly at Charnwood Primary School to present a prize to the winner of a special Cop Swap competition.

Trinity Turner was one of youngsters who took part and won a family fun day out at Drayton Manor Theme Park, as well as getting the chance to meet the drugs search dog who was put through his paces by his handler PC John Maunders.

Eight-year-old Trinity said:

“He’s a lovely dog and very friendly.”

Pupils at Charnwood, Rocklands and SS Peter and Paul primary schools all took part in Cop Swap with youngsters collecting picture cards with facts about their local neighbourhood police officers.

Youngsters were given a card each time they met an officer – either at school or out and about in their neighbourhood. The cards listed facts about individual officers including how long they have been in the police force, which area they cover and their hobbies.

Neighbourhood police community support officer Maggie Griffiths said:

“Youngsters at all the schools really enjoyed taking part and seemed very keen to meet officers and learn about their work.”

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