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BUDDING young officers of the law have been taking part in a community policing scheme.

Pupils from Newtown Primary School in Gosport have been taking on the role of junior Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

The scheme, organised and run by PCSOs and police officers from Gosport police station, is aimed at helping children engage with the community and build confidence.

Teacher Kerry Donovan said: ‘All the children who have participated in the scheme have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

‘After every session they are just buzzing and telling everyone and anyone who will listen what they did at their most recent session.

‘The children have all been totally focused and having fun while learning a serious message.’

On July 5 the children will be helping officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods scheme to run a police beat surgery at their school.

They have so far received talks and demonstrations from a police dog handler and firefighters.

The youngsters have also been out delivering leaflets to areas which have been affected by crime and have taken part in litter-picks.