"Dream come true" for pint-size police team


IT'S a “dream come true” for a pint-size police team which now have their own mini-bus.
Volunteers from Durham Constabulary’s ‘Mini Police’ have celebrated the official handover of a mini-bus which will ferry youngsters to and from events in the local community.
The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon, praised the Mini Police scheme which she said makes a “great contribution to the community.”
She continued: “I have backed this from day one because it is amazing. The skills, self-respect and self-esteem which youngsters gain from taking part in this project speaks for itself.  
“Now they have their very own bus with thanks to all the funders and contributors. It is superb.”
The High Sheriff of County Durham, Caroline Peacock, also attended the official handover which took place at Durham Constabulary headquarters in Aykley Heads. She said: “A huge congratulations to everyone because they deserve it.
“The Mini Police has a real transformative impact. It is a perfect example of the innovative approach at Durham.”
Mini Police members from Ebchester CE Primary School, volunteer drivers, Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner Ron Hogg, Assistant Chief Officer Gary Ridley and members from Area Action Partnerships which helped to fund the bus, joined together to celebrate on September 5.
More than £20,000 funding has taken two years to secure which has helped to “make our dream come true,” said Craig Johnson, who heads up the Mini Police.
He added: “It was an idea I had many years ago and it has taken until now for it to come to fruition with full support from Durham Police. We are all thrilled.
“It has not cost the Force anything because we have secured the purchase through external funding.”
Eighty schools across County Durham and Darlington are involved in the Mini Police and 1,600 children will have access to the bus.