Hundreds of children shared messages of support for police after an appeal to schools to boost the morale of officers and staff working over the festive period.
More than 650 pieces of artwork were submitted by schoolchildren to be displayed in police offices during Christmas and New Year.
Messages included: “I want to make this Christmas special for all the police officers because you all work so hard keeping us safe. I hope to work with you one day.”
Another child wrote: “We are very grateful for what you do for us. Merry Christmas.”
Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number of entries shared by young children across Bedfordshire and thank them all for their efforts to brighten up our workspace this Christmas.
“This is the future generation of officers so it is really heartening to see them inspired by the work of the force to keep people safe.”
A Christmas Carol Service for members of the force and key partners across emergency services and local authorities was held, members of the force also volunteered their time at Bedford Foodbank during December, and a food drive by officers and staff was donated to the good cause.
Chief Constable Rodenhurst added: “While Christmas is a time of joy for many, it is also brings with it additional challenges and we know that many in Bedfordshire may be struggling. It is great to be able to give something small back to the community we serve.
“I am extremely proud of and grateful to all our officers and staff who will be working tirelessly over the festive period to ensure that people in need are protected from harm. Our Health & Wellbeing team will be providing some additional festive treats to those risking their own safety for others over Christmas.
“I would also like to extend my thanks to the public who support us year round, it is a privilege to serve you, and we will continue working hard to keep communities safe into 2024.”