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Police visit Ravenshead school and pupils enjoy cop car tour

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Pupils at a school in Ravenshead were able to climb inside a real police car after cops dropped by to pay them all a visit.

Pupils at Ravenshead Primary School had lots of fun but also learnt some valuable lessons from the Gedling Operation Reacher team.

From not talking to strangers, to safe cycling on the roads, officers covered all sorts of subjects as part of the positive engagement day last week.

Kids in the older year groups were also taught about topics like the dangers of carrying knives and staying safe online, before pupils got the chance to turn the tables on the cops by asking them some questions.

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“They asked us about how to use our kit and the cars – as well as stuff like do police officers only eat donuts!”, said Sergeant James Carrington, of the Gedling Operation Reacher team. 

“The younger ones just wanted to put the blue lights and sirens on and apparently our visit was all they were interested in all day.

“We were also able to give the pupils a chance to see and get into our police van and the Operation Reacher vehicle, which they really enjoyed.

“It’s great to be able to do engagement work like this within the schools – in fact it’s a key part of what we do in neighbourhood policing.”

The Ravenshead-based school asked officers to come along to talk to all year groups as part of their ‘Keeping Safe Week’.

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Following the successful day, Sgt Carrington’s team have been asked to come back again in the future – something he and his officers are more than happy to do.

Sgt Carrington said: “Whether it’s highlighting the consequences of carrying a knife, or warning kids about not going near frozen water, the talks we do during these visits can make a real difference.

“We like to use the phrase ‘prevention is better than the cure’ and it’s true – these messages tend to hit home much better when you do it at an early stage. 

“These visits provide us with such a good opportunity to engage with these young people early and highlight the right ways to behave.

“They also help create positive relationships between the police and the next generation, which can only be a good thing.

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“Since our visit, we’ve had some brilliant feedback from teachers and parents, who have said kids have told them they want to be police officers when they grow up and things like that, which is lovely to hear.”

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