MOUNTED officers and the police helicopter were called out to a town primary school - to give children a fun day of demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Hundreds of pupils from Throston Primary School were joined by youngsters from nearby Springwell Primary School for their own Police Day.
During an action-packed day, the fascinated children got the chance to watch the helicopter land and take off as well as getting the unique opportunity to sit in the cockpit and in a police car.
The kids also watched a police dog and horse demonstration, which resulted in quite a fright for some of the teachers.
Mark Atkinson, headteacher at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, explained: “The highlight for the children was definitely the horses, especially the demonstration using teachers.
“The horses charged at the teacher, just to show how horses can clear a crowd quicker than any other means.
“It was scary hearing and seeing the horses gallop towards you but it was a fantastic demonstration.”
The day was organised for the children at both primary schools to develop a greater understanding of what police do and to develop even more respect for the police and emergency services as well as providing a memorable experience for all of the youngsters involved.
“All three objectives were certainly achieved,” said Mr Atkinson.
“The event highlighted the important role the police play in the community. The officers were very friendly with all of the children and provided the children with some key learning experiences, such as how the dogs and horses are trained and all about the James Bond-type gadgets on the helicopter.”
Mr Atkinson thanked PCSO Geoffrey Hester, the local PCSO in the area, adding: “Geoff has ensured we have a close relationship with the police on a regular basis.”