Cop this! Cartoon 'mini police officers' to help curb dangerous driving outside Shropshire schools
Hello, hello, hello – dozens of new mini police officers will be appearing around Shropshire to help curb speeding around schools.
The new metre-high recruits have been paid for by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and will stand outside schools, warning passing drivers to slow down and not park on the zig-zag markings.
The ‘mini officers’ were tested outside schools in Worcestershire and Mr Campion said they proved to be a big success.
Since then, he has funded 40 more to be given to Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, North Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
Officers will be placing the new signs outside schools that have long suffered with speeding or parking problems.
Mr Campion said: “These new signs are fantastic and were so well received by schools in South Worcestershire that I wanted to offer the same to local policing areas across West Mercia.
“I hope that these ‘mini officers’ will remind motorists to be more considerate outside schools. All too often people don’t respect the speed limits or think about where they are parking. By using these signs in a sporadic way, we hope they will be even more effective.”
The officers were introduced as part of the PCC’s joint campaign with Worcestershire County Council, Roads Focus in November last year.