Driving home the anti-bullying message at Tavistock Infant
BTP Chief Inspector Matthew Allingham paid a visit to Tavistock
Infants School in Fleet recently, to talk to schoolchildren about
the importance of letting someone know if they are being
During his visit, CI Allingham visited the pre-school to show
the youngsters some BTP equipment — they even got to sit in a
real-life police car!
He also gave a talk to 267 other children who are aged
between 4 and 7. He told them about the role of a police
officer, when to call 999 and how they too can
become police officers.
CI Allingham said: "The aim of the visit was to get the children
engaged and to make them feel more comfortable about
approaching us if they need to. This was then linked to the
importance of telling their teachers and parents if they are being
The youngsters were also given some important advice on staying
safe on or around the railway, including the dangers of playing
near railway lines.
The children were even shown some of CI Allingham's equipment
and got to try on different police hats, as well as get their hands
on some official BTP merchandise like pencils and notepads.
CI Allingham continued: "The day was really fun for the
children. It got them excited about learning safety messages,
while also spreading the school's anti-bullying message at the same
Help your children prepare for travelling on the railway by
following our advice for unaccompanied children.