Police station open day is child’s play

Some of the children pictured during their visit to Bedlington Police Station with, from left, PC Kath Smith, PC Chris Turnbull and PCSO Alan Bunker.
Some of the children pictured during their visit to Bedlington Police Station with, from left, PC Kath Smith, PC Chris Turnbull and PCSO Alan Bunker.

Groups of children enjoyed a fun and informative visit to Bedlington Police Station.

Some 20 youngsters from The Northumberland Church of England Academy, including the Josephine Butler, James Knott and Thomas Bewick schools, found out more about the work carried out by police officers during their tour of the station and cell complex.

The visit was hosted by the Wansbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team, who created a special crime scene especially for the young would-be detectives. The children got involved by investigating a burglary and learned how real detectives investigate crime.

They spoke to a witness and followed clues to identify forensic evidence, which led to them arresting the ‘offender’.

The youngsters continued through the custody process and locked the ‘burglar’ in a cell. They were taught some interview techniques by the officers before charging him with the crime.

Neighbourhood officers were joined at the event by specialist support officers, firearms officers who are trained to engage with members of the public and make them feel safe, and friendly police dog Monty.

Wansbeck Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Fryer said: “We’re keen to build on the strong links we have built up between schools and the neighbourhood policing team for the area.

“Bringing the children into the police station is not only great fun for them, but gives them a real insight into the policing world and teaches them how the police work.”