Today, Monday 12th February 2018, our Heddlu Bach 'Mini Police' Officers have been out on patrol in Ringland.
The day of action began at Ringland Centre and Cot Farm Close where the mini officers took part in a "Fit Litter Pick". Together our officers, partners and the local community they cleared litter that could be used to cause deliberate fires, whilst keeping fit and getting steps on pedometers as part of the Wellbeing Future Generations Act.
Back in October last year, 'Heddlu Bach' Mini Police Officers launched in Gwent. This was the first scheme of its kind in Wales and follows an engagement programme created and developed by PC Craig Johnson from Durham Police for children aged between 9-11 which has already been launched in Durham, Merseyside, Northumbria, Thames Valley and Lincolnshire.
Three schools from Newport were chosen to be the first to adopt the scheme with 58 pupils from Millbrook Primary, Ringland Primary and Pill Primary.
The pupils, who have their own branded Heddlu Bach uniform and all nominated themselves for the positions and faced an application process and in some cases an interview. The mini officers have been going along to see training on things such as drill, public order training, our Force Control Room and Taser training (strictly from a distance!).
Inspector Sarah Davies said: "It's great to see our Mini Police Officers on patrol in Ringland with our partner agencies. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Mini Police Officers to help make a difference within their community and to educate their fellow pupils in their schools. Feedback so far has been so positive by the schools and community - Days like today are rewarding in many ways - I can really see they are making a positive difference to the area."