Mini Police is an innovative and fun police engagement programme, which is delivered in schools with the support of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the local neighbourhood police team.
The aim of Mini Police is to provide school children in Year 5 (age 9 and 10) with a fun and interactive way to introduce children to a positive experience of policing and to get them involved in the local community.
Our Mini Police programme aims to:
Introduce policing as a positive influence to children
Build relationships, trust and confidence in children
Nurture feelings of social and moral responsibility, safety, and policing through a fun and engaging programme of activities
Encourage children to positively engage with their local community policing team
Reduce their risk of becoming offenders or victims
Work together with partners to begin to instil age-appropriate safety-awareness
The programme revolves around a framework of:
Police led education - This being an educational input which will cover issues identified in partnership with the school and will involve current priorities and areas for concern e.g. road, fire, water safety, knife crime, internet safety etc.
School led community engagement – A community action carried out by the children to include local priorities e.g. litter picking, parking awareness outside school, speeding etc.
Reward – This is a means of thanking the Mini Police for carrying out the above elements e.g. a visit to a police station or specialist unit (Dogs/Control Room), a visit to a fire station etc.
The Mini Police programme will be held during the school day and align with the school academic year providing consistent engagement and enabling officers, schools and partners to work together.
The Mini Police programme links in with the statutory Key Stage 2 requirements of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, enabling schools to focus on the children’s personal development, helping them be more confident, resilient, independent and develop character.
Register your interest
The Mini Police scheme is currently being piloted by three primary schools in Leicestershire. Pending the outcome of a review of the pilot due in summer 2023, we hope to be in a position to offer Mini Police to further schools.
If you would like to register your school's interest in Mini Police, please complete our register of interest form and a member of our team will be in touch with you in due course.