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Cadets Hand Out Free Padlock Alarms to Allotment Holders

Operation Scarecrow

PCC Barry Coppinger, PCSO Kay Croft, Redcar & Cleveland Police Cadets and Chief Inspector Jason Dickson

Redcar and Cleveland Police Cadets are sowing the seeds of crime prevention in local allotments as they offer free padlock alarms to allotment holders in Redcar and Cleveland.

Over three consecutive weekends, cadets aged between 13 and 17 have spent time going out to allotments across the district with Neighbourhood Policing Teams, offering crime prevention advice, free property marking and handing out free padlock alarms to allotment holders.

The Neighbourhood Policing Teams have 70 padlock alarms in total, 60 of which have been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Police, Barry Coppinger, as part of the Community Safety Initiatives Fund.

Mr Coppinger said: “I am delighted to be able to support Operation Scarecrow, which is an excellent example of the beneficial activities that many young people carry out in their local communities.

“All too often young people get a bad name due to the actions of a small minority and groups like Cleveland Police Cadets show the valuable contribution to society that young people can make. It is excellent to see the cadets working alongside the local police team to tackle crime and promote community safety.”

The cadets will take part in a problem solving exercise on the morning of Sunday 22nd March, where they are given crime data for each of the allotments in the district. They will be asked to analyse the data, then make a presentation on where they think the padlock alarms should be distributed.

Chief Inspector Jason Dickson, Local Policing Area Commander for Redcar and Cleveland said: “The cadets have been received very well by the allotment holders and we have been asked by other allotment holders when we are coming again!

“The operation has been great experience for the cadets, who have taken part in dealing with real life policing issues, giving crime prevention advice and developing their communication skills. Operation Scarecrow is something which will definitely be repeated.”


Posted on Monday 23rd March 2015
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