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Pitmaston Primary School summer fete

West Mercia Police Special Constables attended Pitmaston Primary School, within St John's Community and close to the city of Worcester, on 20 May 2017 to engage with pupils, parents, families and staff, and to support the school's summer fete.

The school had originally been informed that the police were unable to attend the summer fete due to resources being used elsewhere. After learning about this Special Inspector Lee Freeman spoke to the school and the Safer Neighbourhood Team covering that area and offered to arrange a police presence at the event.

A group of Special Constables attended the school with a number of police vehicles and equipment, along with representatives from other services (including Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Blood Bikes as well as many more).

The Special Constables engaged with the public at the fete and helped them understand what the Special Constabulary do and how they do it. Their attendance also enabled parents/families and staff ask questions, and enabled the children to look round police vehicles they wouldn't normally have access to.

Special Inspector Freeman said: "We showed the kids and parents round the vehicles, let them try on hats and also took their finger prints to put onto little posters for them to take home. We let them sit in the back of the cages of the vans and play with the sirens and lights. We also helped answer any questions they may have had about the force and the types of roles the police do".

"The school, the children and the parents thanked us greatly for attending and also for the chance for them to engage with us and show them round. If the Special Constabulary had not attended the event then there would have been no police attendance at all, which could have left the school having bad feelings about the police."