Topic: Introduction to the Police

Please be reminded that Safe4me is NOT a standalone resource; it is designed as a toolkit to support teachers to deliver information to pupils specific to the Law, Consequences and Personal Safety only.

The resources in this tool-kit are designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet individual needs, suitability and time; adaptable for KS3, KS4 and Post 16, they can be used in one or across multiple lessons.

There is vast range of valuable resources made available by a host of other organisations, providing advice and materials to support work relating to this topic; the link below gives access to a directory of useful resources.


  1. To develop knowledge of the Police and the different roles within the service
  2. To develop knowledge of ways in which the Police can assist people
  3. To develop knowledge of how and when to call 999 for Police help
  4. To develop knowledge of how and where to get support

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved understanding of specific officers and units within the Police service
  • Improved understanding of how the Police can help them and others
  • Improved understanding of how and when it is appropriate to call 999 for Police help
  • Awareness of support services available and how to access them

Lesson Resources

Each of the 4 stages aligns with one of the aims and learning outcomes, providing users a flexible and focussed approach to lesson delivery; activity resources and user notes can be accessed via the links below.

Setting the Learning Environment and Welfare

Safe4me recognises the importance of planning and preparing pupils for learning; please read the guidance below prior to using the resources to ensure the best possible learning experience and outcomes for pupils.


  • Ensure pupils have been prepared for the topic prior to this lesson.
  • Ensure follow-on work is planned to develop further learning
  • Be mindful of the nature or sensitivity of the subject and AVOID personalising or directing questions at individuals, i.e. ‘Has anyone ever seen/done/been affected by……’
  • Be aware of Safeguarding policy regarding disclosures or concerns for welfare and safety.
  • Reassure pupils that they are not expected to give real life experiences
  • Explain procedure for leaving the class if pupils feel upset or uncomfortable; where/who to go to.
  • Ensure you sign-post pupils to follow-on support; include staff in school and other services recommended in this resource or network directory.
  • Given the nature or sensitivity of the topic, consider pupils who may wish to ask questions, express views or share their experiences in forms other than verbally.
  • Suggestion: site a ‘post box’ in classroom/school.

Ground Rules

  • Introduce topic, explaining the consideration needed when contributing i.e. feelings and values of others
  • Inform pupils of boundaries: what is expected, what won’t be tolerated and any subsequent consequences
  • Explain objectives, process, and the value of exploring the topic and allowing pupils time to prepare themselves for learning
  • Explain value of peer-learning through sharing values, views and knowledge; and the added value of listening if choosing not to contribute verbally.

Getting started

The starter activity resources are designed to capture base knowledge and prepare pupils for learning about the topic; some can be re-visited at the end of the lesson to evidence the learning journey.

Activity guide sheet

Contains suggestions and links to the starter resources.

Home-Extended Learning

Activities and resources in this section can be accessed via the link below; suggested tasks are optional for use in lessons or at home as a means to expand on the learning through linking associated topics.

Activity sheets (zip file)

Parent Information

All resources in this section are intended as a home-school link to inform and support parents and carers by contribute to their child’s welfare and education; by clicking the links below, these can be printed or sent electronically via parent mail.

Parent and Guardian Resources (zip file)