CADET Fest a massive success

This bank holiday saw Lancashire Police Cadets host the National Cadet Competition at Lancashire Police Headquarters. cadetfest 2016

Over 180 cadets and leaders representing 15 Police forces across the UK attended the event competing to be crowned 2016’s Cadet Competition winners.

Given a festival feel, the event was named ‘CADET fest’ and saw teams camping out at Police Headquarters. A specialist stage was used for entertainment which included, introductions by the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner, films, radio, live tribute acts, a DJ and the awards ceremony with Lancashire Police Assistant Chief Constable Jacques.

CADET fest was funded by money raised by the cadets, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and money seized from criminals and criminal activity.

To be crowned the winning team, cadets had to compete in eight different challenges; Army Inflatable Assault Course / Egg Transporter / Escape Room / Police Evidence Hunt / Archery / Bungee Run / Public Order Kit Run and Laser Tag.

The winners of this year’s event were British Transport Police.

The feedback from all those who attended was that CADET fest was an enormous success. Cadets, leaders and volunteers all had a fabulous time.

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Derbyshire Police Cadets: “We absolutely loved the experience, it was wonderfully organised and we had no issues. The volunteers were amazing and the events were a cracking mix of physical and cerebral!”

Sutton – Metropolitan Police Cadets: “I just wanted to say to a big thank you to the team for putting Cadet Fest together. We had an absolute ball and I can honestly say that none of us will ever forget the wonderful weekend we spent with you all”

Leicestershire Police Cadets: “If we win there is no way we will top that!’

Police Scotland Cadets: “Thanks for everything over the weekend had an amazing time! Well done everyone, regardless of what the results are we all tried our best. What a weekend!”

Cadet Police Scotland: “That was the best day of my life”

Find out more about Cadets here 

Cadet Mat shortlisted for award

Eighteen year old police cadet, Mateusz Strzeszewski from Blackburn, has been shortlisted in the prestigious national Lord Ferrers Awards 2016.

Mateusz Strzeszewski

The awards, run by the Home Office, recognise the contribution police volunteers make to policing. Mateusz was nominated by his cadet leader for his commitment to the cadets. He joined in 2014 because he had always wanted to be a police officer and to make a difference in his community. He quickly proved himself to be invaluable to the cadet scheme.

At the June 2016 Volunteer Police Cadets National Conference Mat led a young adult leader’s session on the ‘Honest Truth’ a road safety awareness project and he has since developed an training package, which he will deliver to other young people in his area. Mat has also been involved with the local Rotary group, taking the lead on an apprentice style challenge, where cadets made and sold candles for the Rotary. He spoke at their annual conference, at a local meeting about cadets and helped with a senior citizen outing. He recently organised a family fun day for the junior cadets and supported a group on their DofE expedition.

Sgt Helen Nellany, Citizens In Policing Development Officer said: “Mat’s contribution in time to the police cadets and local neighbourhood team has been immense. He is supportive of all the other cadets and can’t do enough to help his peers and the cadet leaders. He has performed more than 200 voluntary hours this year to date, which is double any other police cadet and that does not include the weekly classroom sessions. His commitment and enthusiasm is second to none. Mat is to become a volunteer cadet team leader in September and has also applied to become a Special Constable. He always has a smile on his face and everyone who meets him has only positive things to say.”

The volunteer police cadet scheme is part of the Lancashire Police citizens in policing programme. It now has 650 cadets across 10 units across Lancashire. Police cadets help and assist in the community by getting involved in a number of activities, including stewarding local events such as fairs, town shows and carnivals. They also help the local neighbourhood policing teams carry out leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys. Since October 2015 the cadets have provided more than 18,000 hours of volunteering service.

All winners and runners up of the Lord Ferrers Awards will be presented with their awards by a Home Office minister at a ceremony in September.

Concerned about Forced Marriage?

Are you worried about becoming a victim of a forced marriage or concern about one of you friends?

Lancashire Constabulary is urging young people to come forward with any concerns they may have about potential victims of forced marriage, honour based violence or female genital mutilation (FGM).

The message from the police is clear that there is no honour in so-called honour-based abuse and it is a fundamental abuse of human rights.

Whilst social, cultural or religious reasons are often given for performing FGM, there are no medical reasons for carrying out the procedure, which is dangerous and can leave the victim with severe and long-lasting damage to their physical and emotional health.  In short, it is child abuse.

Detective Superintendent Andy Webster, Head of the Public Protection Unit, said: “Women and girls are the most common victims of forced marriage and so called honour-based abuse; however it is important to remind our communities that it can affect anyone from any walk of life, including men and boys.”

If you have any information or concerns about so-called honour-based abuse, forced marriage or FGM should call the police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online or via 0800 555111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

The UK Government Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) runs a helpline providing advice and support to victims of forced marriage as well as professionals dealing with cases. Their number is 0207 008 0151.

The UK Government Forced Marriage Unit has recently released this film to raise public awareness of the impact of forced marriage, and warn of the criminal consequences of involvement. Told from the perspective of a victim’s older brother, who is complicit in arranging her forced marriage but unaware of its true impact until it is too late.

Young People’s Summit a success

Along with the Police and Crime Commissioner, we have hosted our first Young People’s Summit across a three-day event at police headquarters in Hutton.Tough Love playOver the three days, more than 180 Year 9 and 10 students from high schools across the county were given the unique opportunity to attend the summit, arranged as part of our mission to keep young people safe from harm and help them feel safe.In the first event of its kind we used drama, interactive presentations, workshops and team building games, run by our volunteer cadets, to explore issues of concern to young people such as sexual vulnerability, personal safety and where to go for help and advice.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “Part of our responsibility as police officers is to keep young people safe from harm and to equip them with the confidence to be able to make the right decisions when faced with adversity.

“Young people, just by virtue of their age, can often be vulnerable and we know that whilst they may be aware of some of the risks of becoming a victim or the perpetrator of a crime, the events have enabled us to have open discussions about specific signs to look out for, to have a more considered approach when it comes to choices and where they can seek trusted support when they need it.”Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “These events were an excellent way to reach out to a diverse range of young people living across Lancashire and I was delighted with the feedback from those who attended.

“It is vital we break down barriers between young people and police so they feel confident to talk about the issues that matter to them. It is my job to be the voice of Lancashire residents of all ages and I am committed to reaching out to as many people as possible to hear their views.

“Lancashire Police is also an excellent place to work and volunteer so this was a great opportunity to engage with pupils as they prepare to make decisions about their future. I hope some of them will have been inspired by the sessions to get involved with the force.”

Following on from our successful constabulary open weekends in 2014 and 2015, we identified that only a small number of teenagers came along and this year we looked to address this gap by hosting an event aimed at them.YP Summit The event agenda and the activities were influenced by a survey we conducted around Safer Internet Day in February. We got more than 5,000 responses from young people aged 11-14, and we found that online they were most concerned about security and their images being shared, whilst the crimes they were most worried about were sexual assaults and being mugged or being attacked.

Similarly crime statistics shaped the event, with figures from 2015 showing that 3,604 teenagers aged 13-16 were the victims of a crime with assault, sexual activity and theft being some of the most prevalent issues. During the same time period 2,386 teenagers in the same age group were arrested with assault, criminal damage, shoplifting and causing fear of harm or distress, as some of the most common crimes they become involved in.

During each morning session the students watched a play called ‘Tough Love’ by Alter Ego Creative Solutions. The play looked at a real life story that explored coercive control, domestic abuse, consent, peer pressure and sexting. Officers from the Public Protect Unit then led a discussion around the signs of unhealthy relationships, legislation around sharing indecent images and about the support that is in place for victims.Team building 2 This was followed by a film that was funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and produced by the Artz Centre in Skelmersdale. The film was shown for the first time at the event and highlighted issues around gangs, knife crime and drugs. The film’s creator, Mark Ashton, who came up with the concept based on true events that happened to his friend, led an interactive workshop that got the students to think about actions and consequences.

The afternoon session saw presentations about opportunities with the cadets, how to get help and advice from Nest, a service run by Lancashire Victims Services to help young people who have been affected by crime, and some fun team building activities that challenged decision making and working together.

Some of the students who attended the event remarked that ‘it was more interactive’ than they thought it would be, it had been ‘useful and interesting’ and when asked more than 82% over the three days said that they enjoyed the event and nearly 90% now felt more able to make the right choices to keep themselves and their friends safe.Teachers and support staff from the schools commented that it had been a really worthwhile exercise and would like to be involved in a similar event again. Some schools were keen to have further involvement with officers and more direct input in schools.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates added: “Earlier this year the force was rated outstanding by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in how it understands and engages with the communities that we serve, and from the positive feedback we’ve received from both the young people, teachers and school staff I can certainly see that we are building on this and bridging the gap within this age group.”

All of the feedback from the events will now be collated and we will continue to develop our approach to communicating with young people.

Teen seriously hurt after fall from roof

We are investigating after a teenager was left with serious injuries after falling from the roof of a school building.

Police were contacted at about 9.45pm on Saturday (June 18th) to a report that 14 year old Kieron Simpson had fallen approximately 20ft from the roof of the disused Habergham High School in Burnley while playing with friends.

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He was taken by ambulance to the Manchester Children’s Hospital suffering from a fractured skull and internal injuries. He is currently in a critical condition.

Detective Inspector Alisa Wilson, of East CID, said: “This young man has suffered serious injuries and our thoughts are with him and his family and friends. While detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fall, at this stage there is nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident.

Ruth England, the headteacher at Kieron’s school, Shuttleworth College, said: “This is a very upsetting incident which has shocked all of us in the school. We have been in touch with Kieron’s family to offer our support and let them know that we are all thinking of them and sending our very best wishes for a speedy recovery for Kieron.”

Any witnesses should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1549 of June 18th.

Fancy joining the Cadets?

Are you between the ages of 13-18,  looking for adventure, new skills and want to work in the community, then why not become a police cadet?

We have over 450 volunteer police cadets across nine units in Lancashire; Blackburn and Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Nelson and Colne, Blackpool and Fylde, Lancaster and Morecambe, South Ribble, Preston and West Lancs and we are looking to recruit a further 200.

Sgt Helen Nellany, Citizens in Policing Development Officer said: “Being a cadet gives you the opportunity to experience policing in Lancashire, whilst getting involved in activities, including stewarding at local events such as fairs, town shows and carnivals. You will also have the chance to help your local neighbourhood policing teams carry out leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.

You will benefit from learning valuable team skills and disciplines and may have the opportunity to progress further and become a special or a regular police officer. You can also use your experience when applying for jobs or university.”

The recruitment window is now open. Interested?  Apply on line via www.lancashire.police.uk/cadets It is open to both boys and girls.

Youngsters design new CSE posters

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a new poster campaign designed by young people to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

The new posters form the latest stage of the More You Know, the More You See campaign. They were designed by students from St Augustine’s High School, in Whalley who felt they were in a strong position to contribute to the designs, focussing on areas that they felt would resonate with their peers. Grooming and online gaming were the issues they wanted to highlight and the pupils showed a great deal of maturity and sensitivity in the creation of the new posters.

The campaign, which also uses the social media hashtag #knowthesigns,  is designed to reach out to help young people understand the risks, start talking, and recognise the signs of CSE”

If you are worried or want to know more check out our ABUSE pages or for more on National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day visit their website

Kids at CSe poster launch

Picture shows young people from St Augustine’s RC High School who were involved in developing the new designs. They are: Front L/R Tom Muldoon 15 and Ellie Ainsworth 15, with Back L/R David Lowrie 14, Saffron Fenton 14, Michael Wright (HEAD TEACHER), Ellen Morgan 15, Alex Bury 15, Stephen Burton (school curriculum lead for citizenship), DS Mark Whelan (Lancashire Constabulary’s Engage Team) and Clive Grunshaw (Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire).

 

How do you feel when online?

To support Safer Internet Day 2016 we are running a survey for 11-16 year olds who live in Lancashire. We want to know how you use the internet, what apps and social media accounts you prefer and how the internet makes you feel. You can also tell us which issues and crime trends concern you and which don’t.

Have your say now.

West Lancashire pupils get clued up on child sexual exploitation

Officers from the Deter Team, who focus on tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), have secured funding to help deliver educational sessions to schools across West Lancashire.

Eight schools have signed up for the ‘Respect Me Too’ workshops so far, with the first taking place this week at a high school in Skelmersdale. The one day programme is aimed at Year 7 pupils (aged 11 or 12) and will focus on how youngsters may be groomed.

The sessions will be led by Freedom Personal Safety, a social enterprise that specialises in delivering personal safety and healthy relationship workshops in schools and the wider community, and supported by police officers and teachers.

Using local cases, discussion and interactive activities the programme aims to increase awareness and explore issues surrounding CSE, enabling the children and their peers to identify vulnerabilities and prevent any existing problems from escalating.

Pupils and teachers will be signposted to the most relevant support agencies and it is hoped that the sessions will create and reinforce good links between the police and schools so that they have the confidence to spot the signs and help to tackle the issue together.

Funding of £2,600 was secured by officers through the Community Safety Funding scheme run by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

DC Liberty Wadsworth of the Deter Team, Skelmersdale Police, said: “This really is an excellent opportunity for us to work closely with schools. We’ll equip both the pupils and teachers with the information they need to know about spotting the signs of CSE and how they can refer any concerns onto us or one of the other agencies in Lancashire.

“Tackling CSE remains one of our priorities across the county and these educational sessions are just another part of our on-going commitment to protecting children, preventing child abuse, helping victims and targeting offenders, ultimately bringing them to justice.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, said: “Helping young people to be safe online is key to ensuring that they can’t be exploited or groomed through social media, gaming sites or other online platforms.

“Protecting vulnerable people is one of the key priorities of my Police and Crime Plan and I am happy to be able to support this initiative to help keep our young people safe.”

Julie Tweedale, Director of Freedom Personal Safety, added: “We believe prevention work of this kind empowers young people to make safe choices and be aware of how they can take steps to reduce risks, particularly when they are online. Working in partnership with the schools and the Deter Team means we can pool our knowledge and experience to raise awareness with young people across West Lancashire.”

Football club supports police campaign

Blackburn Rovers FC and Lancashire Football Association are supporting our campaign to tackle child sexual expolitation (CSE).

Posters with the message ‘Child Sexual Exploitation – The more you know, the more you see’ will be displayed around Blackburn Rovers stadium and will also be shown on screens ahead of fixtures in the run up to Christmas. The message will also feature in match programmes as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s long running campaign to raise awareness of CSE.

Lancashire Football Association has produced a short film to raise awareness of the signs. The one minute film, which can be viewed here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLQKOnk4Axg, features cartoon drawings and children’s voices describing how any young person can become a victim and delivers some of the warning signs that are associated with a child being sexually exploited.

It comes as part of a week of activity which will focus on staying safe online. Police officers will be visiting schools and childrens centres to speak to young people about their own safety. Local awareness raising events will also take place and in some areas there will be theatre productions in schools and at youth clubs. A special conference for young people will take place on Wednesday 11 November where pupils and students from across Lancashire will be able share ideas and talk about the issues and share ideas about staying safe on the internet.

Det Insp Tony Baxter from Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit said: “We would encourage anyone who has been, or knows someone who has been, sexually abused, groomed or exploited to come forward and contact police confident in the knowledge they will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

If you are worried that someone you know is being targeted, please call police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

You can follow activity throughout the week on our Twitter and Facebook pages, just look out for #knowthesigns.

Rovers players Jordan Rhodes and Danny Guthrie

 

 

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