YOUNGSTERS had the chance to put their views to Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Mr Coppinger spent the morning with more than 100 pupils from primary schools at the annual Hartlepool Primary School Council Conference at the Grand Hotel in the town’s Swainson Street.
The day-long event was organised by the West View Project – a not-for-profit organisation which runs activities for young people aged 5-19 from Hartlepool and the wider Tees Valley.
The children – who are aged 5-11 – chose policing, crime and community safety as the main topic for this year’s event.
Mr Coppinger was joined by Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Sean White and talked about their roles were quizzed by the pupils.
The youngsters also tried their hand at crime-solving role play which examined the effects and implications of breaking the law.
The day’s events were opened by a speech from Sally Robinson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director of child and adult services, and the closing address will be given by Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of the council’s children’s services committee.
In the afternoon the youngsters got to participate in a sports session and learned about activities available in the town.