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Police recruit pupils to help them solve classroom crime


A ransacked classroom with desks and chairs flung everywhere greeted a team of officers from Kingstanding police station as they responded to a report of a ‘burglary’ at a local school…but things were not all they seemed.

And it soon became clear to officers that if they had any chance of solving this crime they were going to need backup. Fortunately for them they had a classroom full of budding detectives only too happy to unravel the mystery.

The spoof burglary was staged by teachers to help pupils at Kings Rise Academy in Kingstanding learn more about the work of the police.

Local police community support officers (PCSOs) showed the youngsters how crimes were investigated, including taking fingerprints, recording statements from witnesses and designing wanted posters.

Things then took a dramatic turn as foolishly the burglar, played by one of the officers kitted out in a black and white hooped top, decided to return to the scene of the crime and was soon spotted by the vigilant pupils and arrested.

The pupils were then asked to use their experiences and everything they had been taught by the officers to inspire them as part of a creative writing project.

PCSO Erran Davies said: "The children showed maturity beyond their years and I’m sure some may have been inspired to join the force when they’re a little older.

"We have great links with local schools and days like this really help us to bolster the relationships with children and teachers.

"Many of the children at the school live in the area so the next time they see us they’ll have a better understanding of the work of the police and what to do should they ever need our help."

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