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Two Lancashire Volunteer Police Cadets become #iwill ambassadors

Two Lancashire Volunteer Police Cadets become #iwill ambassadors as part of the national ‘Step Up To Serve’ campaign

The Patron of Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign, HRH The Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister David Cameron addressed young people involved in social action yesterday at an event in London to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the campaign. 

Step Up To Serve aims to engage young people in social action through uniform youth groups such as the Volunteer Police Cadets.  The aim; is that all young people should be a member of a uniformed youth group that engages in social action and that as adults they continue to volunteer in their communities.  The campaign seeks to expand the capacity of uniformed youth groups, especially those that can directly impact on community resilience and wellbeing. 

As a national leader in the development of Volunteer Police Cadets and out of hundreds who applied, two of our cadets were invited to the event to receive awards.  Pictured in London are Lancashire Volunteer Police Cadets, and sisters, Sky 16, and Emma Roberts, 14, both from Lancaster, along with Ed Sherry the National VPC Programme Director and Mr Rob Jarmen, Trustee of the National VPC Charity.

Since joining Lancashire VPC, at our Lancaster Unit, Sky and Emma have both got involved as volunteers at a care home for the elderly and at a homeless centre.  Both did a sponsored walk for Leukaemia Research earlier this year raising much needed funds.  We are now hoping for great things for their younger brother Jake who has also just become a Cadet.  With another eight brothers and sisters we are hoping for a whole generation of good work and social action in the future.

Chief Inspector Ian Sewart who leads Lancashire Volunteer Police Cadets said ‘My sincere thanks and best wishes must go to Sky and Emma who have represented Lancashire Constabulary so well and have truly upheld our Lancashire Cadet motto of ‘Let’s get out there and do some good’.  PC Kath Bromilow, who is seconded to the National VPC team and who nominated both sisters must, along with all the Cadet Leaders at our Lancaster Unit, be congratulated for raising our profile at a national level and facilitating our Cadets who just want to do good in their local community.  Well done for making us proud.’

Their stories and many more will be featured in an up and coming BBC documentary.

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Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife

LANCASHIRE Constabulary has joined forces with the ground-breaking national anti-knife crime campaign ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’, as the force’s knife amnesty comes to an end.

Since the amnesty began at the end of August, more than 800 knives have been handed in across the county – including swords, machetes and commando knives. The amnesty was extended for a further week owing to its success.

Lancashire officers have now given their backing to a national initiative designed to raise awareness of knife crime and encourage the surrender of dangerous weapons.

The British Ironwork Centre, which is coordinating the project, intends to use the collected knives to create a 20 feet high guardian angel sculpture in memory of those whose lives have so tragically been lost.

Despite the amnesty ending this week, police say people can continue to hand in any knife at any police station with a front counter as well being able to drop them into the designated bins.

Police are looking to keep the bins and extend the number of locations to include job centres, community centres and leisure centres.

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The “Save a Life, Surrender your Knife” campaign is creating and providing bespoke knife collection bins to be located in the cities around the UK.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Dowson said: “We are keen to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime and to reduce the number of families affected so we have decided to keep the knife bins indefinitely.

“While projects encouraging the surrender of knives are not a single solution to violence, they have an important role to play in inspiring communities to get behind education and preventative measures.

“Such campaigns show a desire to address local concerns and Lancashire Police is keen to throw our weight behind them in support.

“We’ve been delighted with the response so far, but our communities have told us that they want an end to knife crime and that they want to work with us to make that happen.”

In total, 340 knives have been handed in across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and Skelmersdale. Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde, as well as North Lancashire, have seen a total of 150 weapons handed in, while 310 knives have been handed in in East Lancashire.

Among the weapons given up are machetes, swords, axes, a homemade blade screwed together with razor blades and large knives.

Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, said: “The statue, which will represent the culmination of our project, will symbolise the nation’s stand against knife crime.  We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Lancashire Police in the on-going fight against knife crime”.

The charity project is already gaining huge momentum, receiving the backing of growing number of families whose lives have been tragically affected by knife crime, and of Terry Waite during his recent visit to the Centre.

The Lancashire knife amnesty, which started on Monday 25 August, officially ended on Monday 6th October 2014.

Knife bins are located outside of the following stations and continue to be accessible 24 hours a day:

•    Blackpool
•    Lancaster
•    Fleetwood
•    Morecambe
•    Burnley
•    Darwen
•    Nelson
•    Preston
•    Chorley
•    Skelmersdale

Following the end of the amnesty all knives will continue be surrendered anonymously – no names will be taken, and there will be no CCTV cameras recording.

Would you like to become a volunteer?
The British Ironwork Centre is appealing for support with this campaign throughout the UK. If you’d like to find out more about volunteering opportunities available please contact them directly on: info@surrenderyourknife.co.uk.

Your chance to ‘access all areas’ of Lancashire Police at Open Day

behind the badge lancashire police logo Have you ever wanted to know how the police respond to major incidents in the county, or been interested to see what training the police dogs receive? Would you like to learn some of the secrets behind Crime Scene Investigations? Well now is your chance.

A force open day will be held on Sunday 28th September between 10am and 4pm at Police Headquarters in Hutton, Preston. Lancashire Constabulary will open its doors to the people of Lancashire inviting them to take a look at what happens ‘behind the badge’.

The event is being funded by money seized from criminals in Lancashire and so is free to the public where they can ‘access to all areas’ to understand how crimes are investigated and see the work the force is doing to keep the communities of Lancashire safe.

Visitors will be given the opportunity to speak to officers and find out about specialist areas of investigation; learn more about the history of policing in Lancashire; and take a journey through how technology has changed over the decades.

There will be interactive activities for both adults and children on the day, including demonstrations from the police dogs and horses, displays of the police vehicles and classic cars, and visitors can even play their part in identifying clues at a crime scene.

There will also be exhibitions from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service, the Environment Agency, Coastguard, Army, G4S (prison van), Bay Search and Rescue and Bowland Trust Mountain Rescue.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “Events such as these are vital in building up openness, trust, understanding and confidence in our communities and better still, this one is being paid for by the criminals themselves.

“The day will provide local people with the opportunity to speak to officers and police staff from many different areas of policing, including Neighbourhood Policing, Rural and Wildlife Crime, the Special Constabulary, Armed Response, Mounted Branch, the Dog Unit, Public Protection and the Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

“We hope as well as being a lot of fun for visitors of all ages that the day will give people a real insight into policing in Lancashire and lift the lid on areas of policing that the public may know very little about.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am delighted the public will have the chance to see first-hand the breadth of work that Lancashire Constabulary undertakes and gain a real insight into the different roles officers and staff play in keeping the public safe.

“I will be there along with staff from my office, showcasing some of the projects we are involved in and the work we are driving forward to benefit Lancashire’s residents. This is a real opportunity for local people to learn more about my role, and I hope to see as many people as possible there.”

Lancashire Police @LancsPolice will be tweeting live from the event using #behindthebadge

The event is free and is open to everybody but registration is needed. Please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lancashire-constabulary-open-day-2014-tickets-12823570645 for more information and to register for tickets.

Free parking will also be provided at Enterprise Drive in Leyland, where a park and ride service will transport people to the event. Alternatively people can attend on foot or by bicycle. Please note the only parking on site will be for those people registered disabled and spaces are limited.
Refreshments will be available to purchase throughout the day.

Police cadets take on new ‘bronze’ challenge

CAMPING, volunteering and expeditions are just some of the challenges that police cadets from East Lancashire will be undertaking as part of an award scheme aimed at developing their life and work skills, enabling them to fulfill their potential.

29 cadets from Accrington and the Ribble Valley have officially signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, which will involve undertaking tasks that support their police cadet duties in volunteering within the community, as well as helping them develop personally in other areas.

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The youngsters, aged between 13 and 17, are well underway with the volunteering element of the award, as they have been taking part in community-based activities, such as bag-packing in supermarkets, fundraising and helping at local events since they officially became cadets last September.

It will take around six months for each cadet to complete their bronze award and they are required complete four areas consisting of three months of volunteering; three months of learning a new skill, three months of a physical activity and an additional three months of one of the previous categories. They also have to complete two camping expeditions, one as a practice and one where they will be assessed.

Their first camping expedition is currently being planned to take place on Tuesday 27 May, in partnership with Accrington and Rossendale College and the Army Outreach Team at Fulwood Barracks, who have helped with organising the event. Here the cadets will learn about team work, survival skills and map reading, among other skills.

Emily B, a cadet from Hyndburn &Ribble Valley Cadets said: “We are all really excited about taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. We will be learning whilst getting an official accreditation and skills that we will be able to use for years to come.

“I am really looking forward to getting stuck into the activities, especially camping.”

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre, who is coordinating the cadet scheme in Accrington and the Ribble Valley, said “Our cadets are really developing their skills and I can already see such a positive difference in them personally since they started in September.

“I think each and every one of them that are undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh scheme are excellent candidates, especially as they have already done several hours of volunteering that can go towards their award. We hope that they will complete their bronze award by the summer, so that they can embark on their silver award if they choose to continue in September.”

The cadets are currently fundraising so that they can purchase equipment, such as tents, rucksacks and sleeping bags for their camping expedition.

Kath continued “If there are any local businesses out there who would like to donate any equipment to this great bunch of aspiring youngsters, we would be extremely helpful as these items will really help them towards learning new skills.

“If you would like to help, please contact me on 01254 393972.”

The Lancashire Police Cadet Scheme aims to provide teenagers aged 13 to 18 with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a structured programme.

More information, including how to become a police cadet, is available at
www.lancashire.police.uk/about-us/recruitment/volunteer-police-cadets.

Cadets support the first Ron Hill 10k

Lancashire Constabulary’s Volunteer Police Cadets attended the Inaugural Accrington Ron Hill 10k on Sunday 30 March to help marshal the race.

More than 1,000 people came to celebrate the first Ron Hill race with over 400 people taking part with the Olympic legend himself; running from the town centre to Rising Bridge and back.

Sergeant Kathyrn McIntyre, Co-ordinator for the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Cadets, said: “It was a fantastic day and we were extremely proud of our cadets who showed real professionalism. It was great to be part of this event and we look forward to supporting more events like this in the future.”

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The police cadets getting ready to help out at the race

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With the Mayoress and Ron Hill before the race

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