On Thursday 8th March, Abergavenny Police Station was overrun with rodents! Luckily there was no need to call pest control; the station was paid a visit by the local Gilwern Beaver’s Group.
CSO Amanda Yung gave the 25 children aged between 6 and 9 years old a tour of the station including a look around the cells, exercise yard and briefing rooms. They were shown finger prints and how visitors are booked into the station.
The children were given a quiz on the police and also got the chance to interrogate DS Allan Davies from Monmouthshire Neighbourhood Support Team. Favourite topics asked about were drugs, prisoners and Taser guns!
DS Davies said, ‘It was good to meet the children and chat to them about the role of the police. They loved looking around the station and didn’t miss a thing, I think there were a few budding future detectives in the making!’
The tour came as part of an on going relationship that CSO Amanda Yung has formed with Beaver Team Leader Wendy Davies.
Amanda regularly goes along to the Gilwern group to talk to the children about topics such as the dangers of talking to strangers, how to behave responsibly on Halloween and Bonfire night and also about the role of the police and what work they do.
She explained, ‘Lots of children think the police are scary people who only deal with bad things. I have been working with them to show the children that they shouldn’t be frightened to come to talk to us and we are there to help them.
‘It’s important that children know when to recognise a member of the police or other people who can help them.’
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