PCC Barry Coppinger with Cadets on Saltburn Beach
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, joined forces with Cleveland Police Cadets to get involved in the ‘Big Tidy Up’ in Saltburn.
The event was organised by Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Community Development Team, which involved litter picking on the sea front.
Police Cadet units are based in each of Cleveland’s four Local Authority areas, providing weekly activities for 13 to 17 year olds, with a focus on developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship and improving self-confidence, independence and resilience.
Mr Coppinger said: "It’s great to get out with young people like the cadets who are committed to supporting their local area. All too often young people get a bad press because of the small minority who behave antisocially and events such as the ‘Big Tidy Up’ help demonstrate what a positive contribution so many young people make to society through schemes like the Police Cadets.
"They are a fantastic bunch of young people whose passion and energy for making a difference are an inspiration to us all."
Acting Sergeant Neil Robinson, who helps run the Redcar and Cleveland Cadets said: "The Cadets programme really does allow young people to develop their skills through a wide range of activities, and make a difference in their community.
"It’s great there is so much support for events like this which help make us proud of the areas in which we live and work."
Cabinet Member for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Cllr Christopher Massey, added: "The Council has its full support behind the ‘Big Tidy Up’ and would encourage our residents to take part by registering online at www.thebigtidyup.org where they will receive a free clean-up kit.
The campaign is a great way of bringing people together and our schools and local community groups including the police cadets have already helped to clean up the borough.
With a lot more clean-ups planned for October there are plenty of opportunities for the public to take part and do their bit to spruce up their neighbourhood."
Posted on Wednesday 8th October 2014