Lancs police receive plaque for Duke of Edinburgh award scheme

Chief Inspector Ian Sewart and Sergeant Helen Nellany from Lancashire Constabulary attended Buckingham Palace recently to receive a plaque from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

The plaque was given to the force to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  They were joined by special guests, including other members of the royal family, young people receiving awards from the Duke himself and organizations that support the scheme.

Lancashire Constabulary has been a licence holder for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme since the introduction of its volunteer police cadet programme and many of its cadets take part in it.

Chief Inspector Ian Sewart said: ‘It was a great honour to represent the Constabulary when accepting this award and we look forward to returning with it to Lancashire.  The award recognises all the effort of our trusty cadet leaders along with the cadets taking part and it is wonderful that their efforts have been rewarded in this way.  All those involved have truly lived up to our cadet motto of ‘Let’s go out and do some good’ and it makes me feel very proud.”

With the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Constabulary is now recruiting cadets to fill the additional 200 places made available. This brings the Lancashire establishment of volunteer police cadets up to 650, one of the largest in the UK.  Lancashire headquarters is also hosting the national cadet competition in August this year.

Clive Grunshaw said: “Cadets play an important role in their communities, learning new skills while helping other people. Credit must go to Lancashire’s cadets and leaders for all their hard work. This recognition of their contribution to our communities is fully deserved.”

Cadets welcome boys and girls aged 13-18 year olds. The recruitment window is now open and anyone interested in adventure, learning new skills and volunteering in the community can apply via the website. www.lancashire.police.uk/cadets.

 

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Lancashire Constabulary receives plaque from HRH Duke of Edinburgh for supporting award scheme for young people

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Stay safe whilst online gaming

Online gaming can be great especially during the school holidays. In the majority of cases, it is a fun and safe pastime … a way for you to play against and socialise with friends.

However, as with many things you do online, there’s an element of risk. This is because of the vast number of people in the UK and abroad who are also playing, the minimal restrictions involved and the fact that they’re not face-to-face – so you can’t be sure who they are … or what their motives are.

The risks include being taken advantage of by strangers with sexual, abusive, fraudulent or other criminal motives. You can find yourself playing games with an inappropriate age rating, running up huge bills and getting ‘hooked’ to the exclusion of exercise, socialising and school work.

Get Safe Online has some fantastic advice on how to minimise the risks associated with online gaming – check out their website.

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Youth Online Understanding Radicalisation Survey

Are you aged 11-25? Then have your say and let us know how terrorism and radicalisation affects you by taking part in a short, online survey conducted by the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ.

We want young people like you to share their views and opinions, it’s your opportunity to influence change, help increase understanding, challenge misperceptions and improve our access to information.

All participants in the survey will remain anonymous and the information provided will only be used for the purposes of this research. The findings from the survey will be really important in helping to keep you safe.

Take the survey here

All surveys must be completed before 30th August 2015

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.

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

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Police Cadets Raise More Than £2000

The Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Police Cadets have been out and about helping in the local community and raised more than £2000 in the process!

Cadets have been bag packing at Sainsburys in Clitheroe where they raised over £600, collected £400 at a fundraising event at Oswaldtwistle Mill and took part in a sponsored walk where they raised more than £1000.

In addition, they’ve been building a sensory path for All Saints School in Clayton le Moors and tree planting at St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington

The Senior Cadets also helped out at the recent Accrington Christmas Lights Switch on, where they buddied up with several special constables and patrolled the town centre.

Members of the public will also see the cadets out in Great Harwood on 14 December with the Neighbourhood Police Teams handing out jingle bells and crime prevention advice.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre who co-ordinates the cadet scheme in Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley said:  “This is all in addition to their weekly club sessions at Accrington & Rossendale College where they have been learning about Trading Standards, ARU, practising on the Police Radios and fitness tests.

“The money raised will hopefully go to help pay for Army away days and overnight expeditions next year.”

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Police cadets are already making a difference

Police cadets are already making a difference

HYNDBURN and Ribble Valley’s police cadets have recently been helping out the community, getting involved in events across East Lancashire.

Most recently, the 16 senior cadets aged 16 to18, assisted at ‘Fright Night’ at Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle and also the Rotary Club bonfire and firework display at Accrington Cricket Club, representing Lancashire Constabulary, ushering the crowds and interacting with the public.

Helping towards funding themselves, the team also took part in a sponsored walk on 28 October, walking almost 10 miles to raise in excess of £700. They started at the Nick of Pendle, finishing at Accrington Town Hall, where they were officially thanked by the mayor of Hyndburn, Judith Addison, for their help in the community.

Both the 26 junior cadets aged 13 to 15 and the senior cadets, also got down and dirty when they helped out a local school to build a sensory path for the pupils and teachers to use. The youngsters worked together, digging and moving soil to build the path at All Saints C of E Primary School in Clayton le Moors, with the help of the deputy head Nicola Saporita-Clarke and staff member Gordon Preston.

They are currently arranging to go back to the school in December to finish the project off and to look at new opportunities to help out.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre who co-ordinates the cadet scheme in Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley said “Our cadets have been involved in some events that have helped out the community and we already have so much more planned for them.

“They seem to be really enjoying themselves, whilst building skills such as team work, people skills and using their own initiative.

“Before Christmas people will see the cadets out and about bag packing at Sainsbury’s in Clitheroe, tree planting at St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington and there are plans for a potential swimathon.

“We will additionally be collecting money in Oswaldtwistle Mills so if people would like to donate to help us run the cadet scheme, please give what you can. The cadets really do appreciate every penny and will put the money to good use so they can make a difference in their community as well as their own lives, building on and learning new skills that will stay with them.

“If you have an event in your area that you need some assistance with and you think the cadets can help towards, please ring me on 01254 353227.

“Similarly, if there are any local businesses who would like to help towards funding, please get in touch.”

The police cadet scheme is majority self-funded meaning that the cadets have to undertake fundraising activities themselves.

They started their training on Tuesday 10 September but were officially sworn in on Tuesday 22 October 2013.

The scheme aims to provide the teenagers enrolled, who are aged 13 to 18, with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a structured programme.

Although they are not able to undertake independent patrols or have any legal powers, the scheme gives them a chance to express their feelings on policing issues and perform tasks including crime prevention initiatives, delivering leaflets, attending local events and helping out with community initiatives.

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