Sunderland pupils ‘take over’ police for a day

Children from Southwick Primary School joined Northumbria Police for the day.

Children from Southwick Primary School joined Northumbria Police for the day.

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Schoolchildren in Sunderland became Northumbria Police’s newest recruits when they took part in a ‘Takeover Challenge’.

The annual national event gives young people the opportunity to ‘shadow’ adults at work.

And, this Year 2 children from Southwick Primary School in Southwick were given the opportunity to shadow police officers from Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team.

As part of the day the children visited Southwick Police Station where they were given a tour of the station - including the custody suite and cells.

They also travelled to Newcastle Airport to have a look at the NPAS (National Police Air Service) helicopter.

They then visited the custody suite at Washington Police Station.

Sunderland Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “We were only too pleased to support Southwick School for the national ‘Takeover Challenge’ and hope the children who came along had a great day.

“Maybe we’ve even encouraged some of them to become a police officer when they’re older!”.

“A lot of children will not have met a police officer before, and it’s great for them to be able to come and meet us and see what we do.

“Hopefully it will take away any fear of police they may have and just see us as ordinary people. “

Takeover has grown year on year – in 2014 more than 44,000 children and 1,200 organisations took part.

Children and young people stepped into the shoes of hundreds of high-profile figures including MPs, mayors, TV presenters, teachers, chief executives, senior police officers and other professionals in all walks of life.