A group of Year 6 pupils, called ‘Police Cubs’, from Oakwood School conducted a speed operation in Cheltenham last week.
It was part of an after school club, where they learn about the role of policing within communities such as stranger danger, internet safety and anti-social behaviour.
After school on Wednesday 18 January, they took part in a non-enforceable speed gun operation on Priors Road, where 47 vehicles were observed within a 30 minute period. It was positive to see that 43 of the vehicles obeyed the speed limit, with the other four travelling between 30 and 40 mph.
As this was a ‘non-enforceable’ speed operation, there was no action taken against the drivers. The purpose was to educate the Police Cubs about road safety and for them to act as a deterrent against speeding. The children witnessed many of the vehicles brake and slow down when they were seen by the drivers.
This activity contributed towards the Police Cubs’ 10 week course, where they build up a portfolio of what they’ve learnt about policing during this time, with help from the Constabulary’s local neighbourhood policing team.