Youngsters to gain crime fighting tips in Junior Neighbourhood Watch scheme (From The Advertiser Series)
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Youngsters to gain crime fighting tips in Junior Neighbourhood Watch scheme
A Neighbourhood Watch scheme for primary school children has been launched with the help of £7,000 from the county council.
More than 350 pupils drawn from the Cleves Cross, Broom Cottages, Ferryhill Station, Chilton, Bishop Middleham, West Cornforth and Dean Bank primary schools will take part in the project.
The scheme is designed to be a fun and informative way to teach children about the ethos of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
The project has been backed by Durham County Council's 4 Together Area Action Partnership (AAP) which provided the money from its area budget.
Youngsters will be invited to take part in a series of activities to be held at the schools over the course of nine weeks.
They will provide the pupils with the opportunity to gain new skills such as staying safe on-line and crime prevention.
The last workshop will be held at the Durham Police Dog Support Unit where youngsters will experience a day in the life of a working police dog.
Gillian Fortune, chairwoman of the 4 Together Partnership, said: “Often children and young people witness incidents, but they do not know what to do.
“Junior Neighbourhood Watch will provide them with this important information.”
Acting Inspector Warren Edwards, of Spennymoor neighbourhood police team, said: “We recognise the importance of empowering children to feel involved in matters affecting their community.
“It’s important also to build trust in young people to increase public confidence.”
Monthly Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings featuring police community support officers will be held at each school.
The PACT meetings will allow the youngsters to outline any issues they have with the officers.
4 Together Area Action Partnership covers Ferryhill, Chilton, Cornforth, and Bishop Middleham.
Lee Copeland, principal AAP co-ordinator, said: “We deal with the issues that concern people and their neighbours.
“We don’t set the priorities - the community does - so being involved with the AAP gives local people a chance to say what the issues that affect them really are.”
For more information on the partnership call 03000-267213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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