Primary school pupils are being given the chance to sample life as a police officer by becoming the latest recruits to join the force.
Year 5 pupils at St Mary’s Primary School, Jarrow and Laygate Community School, South Shields have become some of the first to take part in Northumbria Police Force’s Mini Police scheme.
They will learn about the role of officers, crime prevention, water safety, healthy relationships and online safety.
Ellin Eade, 10, from St Mary’s Primary School, said: “It is a very important position. We will be passing on information to our friends at school like, when you are near water don’t lean on the barriers as you might fall in and don’t take sweets off strangers.”
Friend, Samuel Thompson, 10, added: “It’s a good idea. We will be taking part in things like the Great North Run. Other people should do it.”
The youngsters were presented with their own uniform, including jacket, hat, hi-viz vest and bag, by Chief Constable Steve Ashman and Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird.
Their uniform was delivered by officers from the Marine Unit who sailed up the Tyne to meet them.
Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: “The scheme provides a great opportunity for young children to learn about their own safety, their role within their community and how the police work with the community. It will give youngsters a voice to say what matters to them and help them to influence people around them in a positive way. Of course, there will be time for fun too. They will be able to get involved with some of the events held throughout the region.”