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Mini Police Scheme

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.

Apprentice Youth Workers 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. 

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


Here is an overview of some of the events our Mini Police have been involved in:

  • Charity Event in Durham City - helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer charity.
  • Christmas Lantern Parade - handing out lanterns to participants and helping to 'police' the event.
  • Numerous speed watch operations - working alongside neighbourhood police teams to check vehicle speeds in problem areas, often close to schools. 
  • 175th Anniversary Celebration for Durham Constabulary at Durham Cathedral - welcoming guests, handing out orders of service.
  • Official opening of new police headquarters building - providing a 'guard of honour' for Princess Anne
  • Dogwise event - helping at the event, as well as apprehending a 'clown'!
  • Durham DASH - assisting the policing team and stewards at the event; marshalling crossing points plus meeting the safe city bear!
  • Miners' Gala & BikeWise - helping the neighbourhood police team with handing out crime prevention materials to members of the public.
  • Durham Lumiere 2017 - helping out with lost children prevention

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