Police promote safe cycling in East Lindsey schools


Junior PCSOs from four primary schools in East Lindsey have been working with their local police to promote cycle safety.

Lincolnshire Police has been running a Junior Police Cadet School Officer Scheme since 2008 with more than 45 primary schools across the county taking part.

The scheme is designed to enable local neighbourhood policing teams to get to know and work with youngsters of primary school age. Together, they work through set tasks and explore ways of reducing crime and community safety issues.

The Junior PCSO Scheme has been successfully running at Friskney, Wainfleet, Burgh Le Marsh and Great Steeping schools for some time and PCSO Jayne Richardson has recently been working with the JPCSOs on bike safety and security. They have promoted cycle marking and bike passports and helped teach other pupils in the school about how to keep their bikes secure.

An important part of the JPCSOs work has been to encourage other children to always use a cycle helmet. A number of assemblies have been held and a competition was staged to design a helmet.

Layford Packers, at Burgh Le Marsh, kindly donated brand new helmets for each of the winners in the four schools. One of the winners, a lucky pupil from Great Steeping School, has had her design digitally copied and printed onto a vinyl wrap applied to the helmet, courtesy of Web Signs in Skegness.

PCSO Richardson said: “The entries to the competition have been amazing, with some wonderful designs being submitted. It has been such an eye opener to see the talent of the youngsters and, whilst the competition has been a lot of fun for everyone involved, it has also reinforced a really important message about safe cycling. I’d like to say a big thank you to Layford Packers and to Wayne at Web Signs for their support and contribution”.