Getting Them Young…

Pupils from four Black Country schools have shown their crime-fighting credentials after becoming junior police community support officers.

Ahhhh, look at the little future agents of the state! Don’t they look cute!

Ten pupils, aged nine to 11, from each school have signed up to help police their schools and streets along with regular PCSOs from their local police stations. The children spend an hour each week with officers, going out on patrol and helping to spot issues and areas of concern in their areas.

Is that ‘one hour a week’ part of the school time, perchance?

They are also holding antibullying surgeries in their schools and helping to foster a good relationshipbetween pupils and the police.The scheme has been set up by PCSO Lisa Charmwell from Wednesbury police station who…said: “The aim of the scheme is for the children to become aware of issues around them and to take ownership and pride in resolving them, such as advising local residents on various parking issues.”

So, when you are confronted by some little pipsqueak whinging about your parking habits and you think ‘My, the police and their quasi-cousins the PCSOs are looking younger every day, this one looks about five years old!’, take another look.

They may actually be five years old!

“They will also advise their fellow pupils on problems within school and help work them out.”

Oh, really? What, pray tell, will the teachers be doing to earn their salary, then?

They are, of course, all for it:

Niki Woodbine, from Glebelands School, said: “The children are really excited to be part of the scheme.

She added: “We are hoping it will increase their sense of responsibility and show them they can make a difference.”

They won’t be able to read policing guidelines, write statements, or add up how many tickets they’ve issued, but hey, can any of the real police..?

10 comments for “Getting Them Young…

  1. June 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

    along with regular PCSOs from their local police stations

    All CRB checked? Suitably cross-qualified and insured to supervise children? Relatives all checked for green saliva and malevolency?

    • June 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

      That’s interesting. I wonder if they are all CRB checked as a matter of course, or if whatever security vetting they get is considered the equivalent, or higher?

  2. Tatty
    June 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    …aware of issues around them…take ownership and pride in resolving them…

    Also known as “snitches and busybodies that no one wants to play with.

    So…who do you want to be popular with, kids ? Teachers and PCSOs who are trying to get you to do their jobs unpaid…or your neighbours who your parents have to live by and your mates ?

    Your choice, heh.

  3. Lord T
    June 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    This countries equivilent of The Hitler Youth.

    • ivan
      June 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I was just going to say this is the training given in the ‘old’ east Germany but it looks as if it is now going to be part of the EU youth movement.

      • June 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

        I didn’t want to risk a ‘Godwin’, but that’s exactly what I thought, too.

        • Furor Teutonicus
          June 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

          Ahhh. “Godwins law”. An excuse used by communists, or “Greens”, or anti-smokers, or anti fattists, or any other hippy grouping, to deflect, or “defeat” any reasoned argument/discussion away from the clear fact that there IS no difference between them and the nazis, when that reasoning comes dangerously close to proving the fact. And used by Nazis, who are loosing their argument, but can not be seen to be “throwing-in-the-towel.”

        • Tatty
          June 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

          I didn’t want to risk a ‘Godwin’, but that’s exactly what I thought, too.

          Me too…but will it work ? Kids thrive on attention and popularity so when the other kids turn on them and their parents are getting ostracised or hassled by the neighbours how long do you think the initial gratitude for some attention from a select few adults is going to last ?

          It’s starting small so kill it while it’s small. There’s no way in hell I’d allow my child to participate in such a scheme and didn’t even have to work very hard just recently to dissuade my daughter from becoming a “Young Leader” at school.

          She’s a very intelligent girl but a lazy teen too so when it really came down to to it she just couldn’t be arsed with it.

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    June 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    XX Niki Woodbine, from Glebelands School,XX

    Is he allowed to be called that in a school these days? I mean, it COULD give the little bastards ideas about…. SMOKING(!!!!).

  5. sovereigntea
    June 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    The Wednesbury PCSO scenario smacks of the Common Purpose / socialist activity to indoctrinate & politicise children and young people creating an intergenerational divide and provide a source of young willing quislings.

    Also notable is that the Black Country ( same police authority ) was the scene of the Police checkpoint setup as SANDWELL police and partners kicked off Safer 6 with a Safer Travel operation at West Bromwich bus station. The operation which of course was for our own good involved abusing ( quizzing searching and interrogating ) travellers in the manner of the hated TSA in the USA. The BBC covered this and of course lorded it as a great idea much talk of community blah blah etc
    The propaganda video of this can be found here

    See Young Million / Youth Parliament and subversive groups such as Woocraft Folk whose promotional poster reads “we are the future” How reminiscent of Hitler Youth / Soviet youth pioneers
    As a schoolboy I was admonished by one of my jumped up peers a snitching child elevated to the position of prefect and for the sin of being late for school by 1.5min ( punctured bike tyre ) he said he would report me however he ended up in a prickly bush and was warned not to speak a word of it he remained silent.

    Snitching problem resolved.

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