Pupils learn about the criminal justice system

The children with their local beat team and Coun Dennis O'Neill.
The children with their local beat team and Coun Dennis O'Neill.

LOCAL school children have been developing a range of skills, with the help of police officers from Mansfield Woodhouse, by completing the Duke of Edinburgh award.

PCSOs Romek Kordecki and Pc Diane Curley worked with Year Nine students from Mansfield’s All Saints’ School for 10 weeks in order to complete the bronze award.

Pupils focused on the role and responsibilities of the police, as well as personal safety, crime prevention and the criminal justice system as part of the course.

The school was visited by Crime Scene Investigators from the force, and the pupils were allowed to carry out fingerprinting and basic experiments.

The pupils also visited Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, where the process of the court system was explained to them, as well as the procedures and the powers of a magistrate.

PCSO Romek Kordecki said: “We work as much as we can with school children and we are keen to build close links and relationships with them to enable them to get to know and trust us.

“Over a ten week period, the pupils carried out a significant amount of work around understanding the criminal justice system - from collecting forensic evidence to the process of a criminal case going through the court system.

“It’s been a fantastic experience for both the pupils and the police and we hope to build on the close relationship we have built with them.”

Members from the Mansfield District Council anitsocial behaviour team talked to the children about the problems within the community and the work they do to resolve them.

Students were then shown around the police control room and the prisoner cells.

Part of the course required the students to carry out two projects. One project was about crime intervention, and the other was about personal safety when accessing computers, which highlighted the importance of not giving out personal information to strangers. The pupils were also given advice regarding cyber bullying.

The students presented their work to Mansfield North Inspector Mark Webster, who then went on to choose three students to receive a prize.

Olivia Bentley, Ryan Clarke and Thomas O’Gorman, all aged 14, were rewarded prizes for their projects, and these prizes were generously donated by local businesses - the Odeon Cinema at Mansfield Retail Park, the Superbowl in Stockwell Gate, and Tesco in Chesterfield Road South.

Dennis O’Neill, Mansfield District Councillor kindly supported the event with a donation which paid for a celebration buffet for the students and staff, and drinks and snacks were provided by the local Sainsbury store.