Posted on 17th January 2020

A Warrington school boy has had the opportunity to meet Cheshire’s top police leaders to discuss the key issues in his community.

Police and crime commissioner David Keane and chief constable Darren Martland invited Noah Dean to meet with them before their Join the Conversation event at the Gateway on Sankey Street last night (Thursday 16 January).

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It’s after the nine-year-old sent them both a letter thanking the local policing team in Warrington for their work and highlighting how he feels his local area could be made safer.

Noah, who is a Junior Safety Officer at St Vincent’s Primary School in Penketh, also praised the work of his local PCSO Stephen Heaps who regularly visits the school. In his letter, he said:

“Dear Chief Constable Darren Martland and PCC David Keane,

I live in Penketh and am a Junior Safety Officer (JSO) at St Vincent's. I think it’s good policing where I live. I think it's great when PCSO Stephen Heaps comes in.

I think the police could go to the park. Sometimes the park gets damaged by some people. I think if the police talked to them they will stop.

At school they keep us safe by making sure people don't park on the yellow lines. PCSO Stephen Heaps comes in and does assemblies to help us be safe and has given me ideas for posters.

Thank you, from
Noah Dean, JSO, Y5W”

PCC David Keane said: “It was a pleasure to meet Noah and talk to him about how important community safety is to him and other pupils at St. Vincent’s. It was also great to hear all about the invaluable role Noah plays in his local community through his work as a Junior Safety Officer to keep his school and local area safe.

“It’s really important to me that young people have a positive experience of policing and have the confidence to approach a police officer or PCSO when they have a problem. Schemes like school Junior Safety Officers and Mini Police are helping build trust in local policing and I hope they’ll help young people turn into responsible and active citizens of the future.”

Chief constable Darren Martland said: “Noah is a real credit to his school and an example of how all generations even the very young can make a difference in keeping our communities safe, not just for now but for future generations.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved and I am pleased to see the impact PCSOs are having in the heart of our communities.”

Beth Dean, who’s Noah’s mum, added: “Noah was absolutely made up to get the chance to meet with the PCC and CC. They were wonderful with him and took the time to ask his opinion on matters and listened to him with interest.

“He’s always been a big fan of the emergency services - I’ve no doubt it is because of the way they engage with kids whether at a planned public event or just when they bump into them out and about.

“I didn’t think he could get any more enthusiastic, but he’s especially excited to start spreading some important safety messages that Darren and David discussed with him when he and his fellow Junior Safety Officer at St Vincent’s give their next talk.”