Sunderland schoolchildren create their own amazing police car fleet after being inspired by a friendly PC

Young pupils at a primary school have created their own impressive fleet of police vehicles, and learned some important road safety lessons in the process.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 12:03 pm

The group of budding cops from George Washington Primary School were working on a project about transport while home schooling.

Hoping to inspire the youngsters, reception class teacher Stephanie Conner got in touch to see whether Northumbria Police officers could assist the virtual learning by sharing some pictures of the inside of a police car.

But PC Ben Waites went one better, recording an engaging four-minute video for the pupils teaching them all about the cars – including how officers use sirens to keep people safe and alley lights which assist in searching for suspects.

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Five-year-old Myles Heslop (left) and Jack Kennedy with their designs

It was then full speed ahead as the eager youngsters made their own impressive homemade car models which included some innovative ideas – from grabber hands to help officers catch baddies to invisibility mode.

“We know it’s been a really difficult year for everyone across the North East and beyond, especially for many of our teachers and parents who are home schooling to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus,” said PC Waites.

“So when I heard about Miss Conner getting in touch, I thought it would be good to help bring the kids’ learning to life with a video.

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“Hopefully they found it entertaining, with a few important lessons in there about road safety, keeping their bedrooms tidy and wearing seatbelts.

“It was brilliant to then see the children build their own fleet of police cars – amazing work, everyone.”

Stephanie Conner added: “I’d like to thank PC Waites and everyone involved who helped make a really great video to assist our children’s learning.

“They absolutely loved finding out more about police cars and how officers use them to keep people safe.

“It really captured their imagination and I’m sure we have a number of budding cops who want to follow in PC Waites’ footsteps in our class!”Now the force is challenging other children to get busy making their own police cars and send in your pictures to [email protected]

The best pictures will be highlighted on the force’s Facebook and Twitter pages next week.

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