Youngsters have a go at fighting crime

crime scene: Students from Red House and  Academy 360 schools visited Farringdon Police Station where they took part in a mock crime investigation. Here they are taking fingerprints before placing the suspect in a cell.
crime scene: Students from Red House and Academy 360 schools visited Farringdon Police Station where they took part in a mock crime investigation. Here they are taking fingerprints before placing the suspect in a cell.
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A GROUP of pupils turned into crime-busters when they delved into the working world of police.

Academy 360 and Red House Academy pupils took over Farringdon police station as they investigated mock crimes, arrested suspects and gave evidence in court.

The young officers also worked alongside police to make decisions on how to keep communities safer.

The group took a tour of the police station and were given a glimpse of life behind bars when they visited the custody cells.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neal Craig said: “We wanted the day to be as realistic as possible so the pupils could get a real insight into what it’s like to be a police officer.

“For most of them it’s probably the first time they’ve been to a police station or even met a police officer and it gave them the chance to ask us any questions and see what we do.

“The day was a great opportunity for the pupils to work alongside police officers and get involved in making our communities safer and we hope they had fun and learnt a lot.

“Hopefully it also encouraged some of them to join the police.”

The day was part of national Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.