09:49 Wednesday 12 February 2014

Police station visit for kids looking to learn

Written byROB SMYTH

POLICE chiefs in South Derbyshire are looking to peel back the veil of secrecy behind the force by allowing youngsters to take a trip behind bars to expand their knowledge.

Officers based at Swadlincote Police Station are offering school pupils from across the district the chance of an arresting experience by paying a visit to the hub of policing, based in Civic Way.

The move is aimed to try and bring ‘studies to life’ and also allow youngsters to see that police are more than just ‘men in uniform’.

Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for Derby South, said: “We always welcome any way that we can help people learn more about policing.

“It is in everyone’s interests that we make police more than just men in uniform and show the person behind the badge.

“I think it is a great idea to get youngsters to come along and see what we are all about.

“Anything to get them interested in what we do and how we do it will only act as a bonus to the area and community in the long run.”

Year 10 pupils from the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, were the first to attend Swadlincote Police Station to bring their studies to life.

They had a look behind the scenes at the station before chatting to police officers and staff about the roles that they undertake in the surrounding community.

Deb Holland, assistant head teacher and teacher of law at the school, talked to the Mail about organising the visit to the force’s base in the area.

She said: “ Law is a fascinating subject to study. We are surrounded by it in every part of normal life. Where better to learn about law than at the police station.

Ryan Lewis, Year 10 law student, said: “We have been learning about what happens to a defendant before he or she goes to court and being in Swadlincote Police Station with PC Lomas explaining he process has helped bring it to life.

“We have visited the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London in the past and, in a few weeks time, we will be going to Burton Magistrates’ Court so we can see each part of the criminal justice system in action.”

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