Jake Lockwood, 17 was given the opportunity to become Deputy Mayor for the day and shadowed Bev Hughes to a number of appointments. The day started at Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) Firearms Unit where both Jake and the Deputy Mayor were given a tour of the unit and shown the weapons that they use.
After the visit to the Firearms Unit Jake and Bev then travelled to GMP Headquarters where they met with senior officers about Tackling North West Serious Organised Crime (TITAN), specialist operations and 101.
Jake Lockwood said:
“It has been great acting as Deputy Mayor for the day. I want to be a police officer and today has inspired me to continue to strive for this job. The best part of the day was meeting all the different people that make up the police force, it has shown me the different career options available to me if I became a police officer. I would definitely take part in the day again!”
National Child’s Takeover Day was originally created in 2006 by the Children’s Commissioner for England. The initiative gives young people the opportunity to gain an insight into the working day of senior decision makers.