Children at Swimbridge Primary School will take part in an action-packed junior police day on Friday to raise awareness of the issues associated with crime and anti-social behaviour. The youngsters will act as uniformed police officers for the afternoon

Children at Swimbridge Primary School will take part in an action-packed 'junior police day' on Friday to raise awareness of the issues associated with crime and anti-social behaviour.The youngsters will act as uniformed police officers for the afternoon and take part in simulated policing exercises where they will be tested on their ability to work as a team and solve problems.Police officers, forensics personnel, a police dog and, weather permitting, the Force helicopter, will give the children a true experience of how to overcome various challenges.PC Glyn Clark, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Swimbridge and organiser of the event, said: "The aim of this event is to demonstrate why anti-social behaviour and crime are serious problems and to give the children the opportunity of tackling these matters as a police officer. These 'junior police officers' will face numerous challenges: confronting underage drinkers, tackling graffiti artists, helping deal with the victim of a burglary and gathering evidence at the scene of a crime. The afternoon will reach a climax when the Force helicopter lands in a nearby field and a police dog handler with Rufus, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, will take down a mock burglar."Garry Reed, head teacher, said: "The children are very excited to become 'junior police officers'. Working in partnership with the local police is an excellent way of broadening the curriculum.