VIDEO: Fantastic Junior Citizen event held in Romford.

Well done to Havering Police schools officers and Havering Council’s Jane Eastaff for organising this year’s fantastic Junior Citizen event held at the TA centre on the London Road. The aim of the week long activities is to educate and inform year 6 pupils from schools across Havering on topics such as road safety, personal safety, knife crime and other important areas needed as the pupils move from year 6 into year 7.

Around 2,000 school children across Havering are learning important life skills to help keep them safer in their communities.

As part of the annual Junior Citizens Scheme, Year six pupils from primary schools are spending the next two weeks learning how to travel safely on public transport, to being more aware of drugs and knife crime, and what to do in different emergency situations.

The scheme is run by Havering Council’s Community Safety and Enforcement teams alongside partners including the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Safer Transport Police, Road Safety and Wize Up, who will offer advice around the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

There are workshops where the young people will experience real-life situations and will be asked to role-play in a series of challenges and scenarios.

Each school will be awarded points for their knowledge and for demonstrating what they have learned during the sessions.

At the end of the fortnight, the school with the most points will be awarded with a shield and certificates.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said:

 “The Junior Citizen Scheme is a great way for our young people who will soon be making the leap from primary school into secondary school, to learn various life skills necessary to prepare them for both the change and the challenges they could possibly face.

“It gives them a chance to speak personally with police officers and fire fighters but to get vital advice on how they can actually deal with a situation and be confident in doing so.”

Junior Citizen runs until 1 July at the TA Centre in London Road, Romford. It is funded by MOPAC [Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime].

Thank you to Havering’s Mayor Councillor Trevor McKeever for joining in this fantastic event to support our local partners.

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