Pupils in Wythenshawe have been given the full VIP treatment, thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and Greater Manchester Police.
Six year 10 pupils from St Paul’s High joined Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy for lunch before visiting the custody suite with Inspector Bacon. The young people later donned the deerstalkers when faced with a ready-made ‘murder scene’ laid on by senior crime scene investigator Martin Conlon.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience was awarded in recognition of their entries into Tony’s ‘Commissioner for a day’ competition, which saw the pupils using their creative skills to illustrate how they would make Greater Manchester a safer place for young people.
Accompanying the young people for the day, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said: “The young people visited Greater Manchester Police and met the Chief Constable. It was a pleasure to spend the day with superb ambassadors for their school.
“I was pleased that we able to spend the day as a way to reward their efforts on entering the competition. It was clear the pupils had worked really hard and I thank them for their great ideas.”
Pupil Julia Charles said: “The police station has always scared lots of people but what I experienced on the trip looked nothing like what we imagine. The most interesting part for me was the tour of the custody suite. It was very touching to know that people will actually get the help they need instead of them being dumped in there.”
Another pupil, Liana McCann said:”My favourite place was the ‘murder’ house, when we investigated the crime scene.”
Teacher Cathy Johnson accompanied the children on the trip. She said: “You just can’t buy an experience like this. The day was even better than we thought it would be. We’re so lucky to have been able to do this.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle returned to the school on Friday 24 October to present certificates to the winners at the end of term assembly.