Liberian police visit Honiton

PUBLISHED: 16:04 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:32 15 June 2010

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TWO senior police officers from West Africa visited Honiton Primary School as part of their insight into neighbourhood policing in the UK.

TWO senior police officers from West Africa visited Honiton Primary School as part of their insight into neighbourhood policing in the UK.A total of six Liberian officers are spending four weeks in the UK exploring the British way of crime fighting to help them develop their own policing style back home.They joined Devon and Cornwall Constabulary for a week-long secondment to see how crime is investigated here and how the force runs its control rooms.PCSO Sue Rowe, who works closely with the primary school, bought the officers for a visit to show an example of her work in the community.Deputy head Sarah Loader said: "We talked about the similarities and differences between the countries and it was a really nice afternoon. I think both parties learned from it."The police officers told us that in their country there is an officer attached to every school so that they are seen as supportive - which seems a good idea."Superintendent Nick Jarrold, who hosted the visitors, said: "British policing is highly regarded worldwide. Delegates from around the world visit the National Police Improvement Agency to develop their own leadership style and to consider adopting a similar approach in their own country."Our neighbourhood policing style of local, familiar and visible teams working in the community to solve problems with local people is of particular interest to them.


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