CHILDREN from a Timperley primary school tried their hand at being police for the day in a ‘cops and robbers’ exercise organised by South Trafford police.

Every Greater Manchester Police force was asked to organise an event to commemorate GMP’s 40th birthday and Trafford South decided combine celebration with education.

Year Three and Four students from the Willows Primary School were presented with a mock crime scene, made an arrest and even booked a ‘criminal’ into custody, so pupils were able to gain a greater understanding of the crime fighting process.

Inspector Laura Burgess, of Trafford South Integrated Policing Team, said: “From our point of view it’s been excellent.

“Exercises like this break down barriers and show the children the work that we do and the behind the scenes work that they might not get to see otherwise.”

Insp Burgess said the day had been so successful that the force hoped to hold similar exercises in future and widen the programme out to more schools.

Lee Codd, Year Four teacher at the Willows, said: “It’s been fantastic, the staff here have been amazing and it’s been such a good experience for the children to come and see the police station and learn about how they do things.

“And what’s great is it hasn’t all been about people doing bad things, they’ve learnt about how the police can help us and I think that’s the biggest message that has come across today.”