The City of London Police is trialling ‘Mini Police’ in London schools
Children are being recruited to a junior police force to help warn friends and family about fraud.
The City of London Police is trialling the programme, called Mini Police, in schools in London.
Children aged nine to 11 will be offered hi-vis jackets and take part in sessions run by police officers, who will explain about password security and other fraud risks.
The City of London Police says it is targeting primary-aged children to help prevent them from falling victim to potential scams or fraud when older.
It is also hoped they will pass on the tips they learn to family members and friends.
Other police forces have been running Mini Police programmes for some time to help children learn about the role of the police in the community.
However, this is the first such scheme specifically to target cyber-fraud.