The Mini Police scheme is an interactive volunteering opportunity for 9-11 year olds, which follows our 3 step approach, Education, Community and Reward.

The objective is to introduce these children to a positive experience of policing and to get them involved in the local community.

PCSOs deliver education on policing priorities which is then cascaded down to the rest of the school delivered by the Mini Police the children then become involved with community activities to enhance community confidence and pride such as litter picking, road safety and intergenerational opportunities.

A reward follows the education and activity which is based on enrichment for the young people.

A digital platform also encourages schools to embrace the Mini Police concept in their environment covering topics such as lesson plans, finding neighbourhood policing teams and sharing good practise.

Our first year (2018-2019) was an extremely successful year. The Mini Police were involved in many projects:

  •  PSU training
  • Water safety presentation - to our own pupils and 2 infant schools
  • Beach clean
  • Police dog visit
  • County lines presentation
  • Community clean up
  • Macmillan coffee afternoon
  • Fuzz the dog
  • Max the Mini visit
  • Halloween talks at 6 schools
  • Maryport Remembrance parade
  • Remembrance service - 2 Mini Police officers spoke at this service
  • Pudsey Bear
  • Poppy making with the joint school council
  • Road safety presentation
  • 4 parking patrols
  • Internet safety presentation - Wave centre - 300 pupils
  • Police station visit
  • Policing priorities survey
  • Worked with Northampton University on a national survey
  • Beach clean

Due to our dedication, hard work and engagement in the project Ewanrigg Junior School was selected as Cumbria's 'Mini Police School of the year.' One of our Mini Police Officers was selected as Cumbria's 'Mini Police Officer of the Year.' We have also been shortlisted for a Golden Apple award in the category of 'Best Community Initiative'. The awards take place at the start of October 2019.

We are now in our second year of the project and have appointed newly recruited Mini Police Officers. The year ahead looks very exciting for these new officers. Keep checking for updates!

The project is being promoted by the National Volunteer Police Cadets team encouraging all Police forces in the UK to take part.