School children reveal Copzilla as latest crime fighting weapon
Copzilla, Optimus Crime and Zeus are three of the names
being given to new West Midlands Police vans by local school
Hundreds of pupils from half a dozen schools entered the
competition, organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and
West Midlands Police, to name its latest vehicles.
The names put forward by the pupils were all excellent, but
it was felt the winners had something a little bit special and
managed to catch the imagination of the
The names chosen for the vans are as follows:
- Tividale Community Primary School, Oldbury: Zeus
- Daylesford Infant, Solihull: Optimus Crime
- Sacred Heart Primary, Birchfield: Proud to Protect
- Priory Primary, Dudley: Jupiter
- St Mary & St John Jr & Infant, Gravelly Hill: Kit
- Alderman's Green Com Primary, Coventry: Copzilla
The above names have been printed onto both sides of the vans
and are being displayed proudly.
Each school held an internal competition amongst different classes
and age groups, before the PCC and police officers selected the
The Mercedes Sprinter vans have space for up to 10 police officers
and one prisoner in a secure cage. They also come complete with
storage for riot gear. The vans will be used for high profile
public order incidents such as protests or football games.
The vans have all been upgraded and kitted out by Walsall firm,
MacNeillie, to ensure they are secure, protected and durable.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "These names are wonderful. They bring a smile to your
"When I heard all the entries I was amazed by the imagination,
intelligence and creativity of our young people.
"There is a serious side to this too though. The new state of the
art police vans will now be put to good use helping to fight crime
and arrest criminals."
Sergeant Andrew Edwards said: " I have been astounded by the
creativity & energy shown by the school children and the
support provided by the teachers, who have worked very hard with us
to make this a rewarding experience.
"I am also incredibly proud of the Police Officers and Staff who
have devoted their own time to this initiative, truly capturing the
imagination and spirit of the most important people in the
communities we serve.
Policing has been extremely challenging in recent times but this
is why it is all the more important to invest our time with young
people - to make a better tomorrow. And that will be a much
better place, with the help of Optimus Crime and his friends!"
Sgt. Alex Townsend and Abdullah from Daylesford Infant
School who chose the name Optimus Crime
Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, with the
reception classes from St. Mary & St. John Junior