Crime commissioner visits school children

Crime commissioner Katy Bourne visits pupils in Hailsham and Hellingly
Crime commissioner Katy Bourne visits pupils in Hailsham and Hellingly

Pupils at Hellingly Primary School, Hailsham Community College, and Heathfield Community College met with Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne this week to discuss risks in everyday life and how to make safe choices.

The mother-of-two was joined by Neighbourhood Schools Officer Kate Brookman on Tuesday as they visited schools in Sussex to speak to pupils.

The visit was part of the Inspire programme which has been run by Sussex Police and is aimed at educating children in identifying and managing risk in order to make a safer, law-abiding choice.

The programme, which enables officers to use interactive teaching resources in the classroom at both primary and secondary levels to get the message across, plays a vital role in preventing and reducing youth offending in Sussex as well as protecting vulnerable young people.

At Hellingly Primary School headteacher Kyra Ward met with Mrs Bourne and PC Brookman and Year Six children were visited by the pair to discuss different situations and the level of risk it involves.

One example revolved around visiting the park and how a normal activity could potentially become more high risk, such as visiting the park late at night or on your own.

Mrs Bourne, who said her policies would have a major impact on young people, added, “I’ve been part of the Inspire project run by Sussex Police which is about teaching young people to make the right decisions in life.

“They have been given situations and asked to categorise them as low, medium or high risk and to talk about the situation.

“It’s about them thinking about a situation and making the right decisions.”

She added, “I believe that police interaction and presence in schools breaks down barriers.

The ‘Inspire’ programme allows young people to interact positively with police officers.

““Since I was elected, I have also met with members of several local Youth Councils and Cabinets to discuss strategies for reaching young people.”