May 20 2010 By Tara Brady, Harrow Observer
pupil police partnership
PUPILS from Preston Park Primary have been using new technology to learn how they can stay safe and look after the community from the comfort of their classrooms.
The school in College Road, Wembley, has got together with its local Safer Neighbourhood team to develop a virtual 'room' on its computer network which allows the children to post questions directly to police officers and Police Community Support Officers.
So far, the pupils have found out about being a police officer from Sergeant Michael How and PC Nicky Phillips.
And as well as explaining their role, the two officers have also been giving the children tips on how to protect themselves.
This is just one of many projects that Preston Park has begun to broaden children's understanding of the various figures within the community.
The school hopes to link up with other services, such as the fire brigade, in the future.
Daphne Anazodo, Preston Park's ICT co-ordinator, said: "Finding out about the important roles people have in our community is crucial to developing responsible young citizens who value and respect not only our local area, but also the contributions we can all make to create an even better, safer environment. Our Safer Neighbourhood team room highlights how ICT and technology can be used as both a teaching and learning tool and method of building relationships with our wider community.
"The team is now very much a part of our virtual school and the children wait with excitement for their individual replies from the team."