Mini Police meet the British Transport Police

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Rail Week 2019 brought a special opportunity for Mini Police from Somerset Bridge Primary School in Bridgwater to travel by train to Bristol Temple Meads station and meet British Transport Police (BTP) Officers to find out how the BTP look after the rail network and strive to get everyone home safely, securely and on time.

Mini Police groups comprise of children age between nine and 11 years who, under the guidance of their Neighbourhood Policing Team, take part in activities which build confidence and positive relationships with local police, while helping out in their school and wider communities.

During the visit 20 children, dressed in replica police uniform were treated to a talk by PC Neil Spring and Sgt James Lynch along with a tour of Bristol Temple Meads station. The children were fascinated by the number of route miles the BTP cover and were excited by the opportunity to see up close equipment such as radios, truncheons and even tasers - and learn about how and when they are used.

The visit showcased some the wide range of career opportunities in both the rail industry and police service and inspired the children to consider these options in the future.

GWR Customer Ambassador address the Mini Police at Bristol Temple Meads

Rail Week is a dedicated week of activity which aims to promote rail-related roles through a series of events, visits and talks for young people, and is the brain child of the Young Rail Professionals network who host and reach out to schools, colleges and universities in their area.

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