A PIONEERING police officer has set up a new scheme which aims to deter children from committing crimes in later life.
PC Richard Baker launched the first session of his pilot project – Junior Explorers – by teaching Pontefract pupils from De Lacy Primary School about taking someone into custody and visiting a cell at South Kirby police station last week.
PC Baker, Castleford neighbourhood policing team’s eschool liaison officer, said: “The launch went really well and all the children were very enthusiastic and interested in everything we were telling them.
“We hope this project will explain to children the role of a police officer, the reasons behind making an arrest and what happens next.”
Pupils from the Rookhill Road school will learn about police drills, riot training and the dangers of drug use over the next seven weeks, and receive a certificate at the end of the course.
The project is part of the Choices programme run by Carlton Community High School which aims to introduce children to role models and show pupils career choices.
PC Baker intends to bring the Junior Explorers scheme to Castleford schools in June if the pilot is a success.