The long arm of the law has just got a little bit shorter and smaller with ‘kiddie cops’ helping to keep the Spanish streets of Cantabria safe.
Police in the town of Santona want their young reinforcements to set a good example to others, correcting adults’ misbehaviour.
Hence conversations as follows:
“Good morning sir. You must not cycle without a helmet,” a group of patrolling youngsters in uniform told a bare-headed man on a bike.
“Oops. I left it at home,” was his explanation.
“It is for your safety!” the junior patrol replied.
And there were no arguments from a man found not wearing a seatbelt behind the wheel.
“Okay. I am going to put it on right now,” he said.
With symbolic penalties and no fines actually paid, the exercise will continue throughout August.