PCC with Police Cadets Adam Smith & Harry Smith (back row) Kieran Wilson & Liam Sykes (front row)
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger welcomed representatives from the police cadets’ youth section of Crimestoppers “Fearless” so they could see first-hand the work done within the Force to rid the area of knives.
The four representatives, all from Oakwood Academy, visited Police Headquarters to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner and to view the knife bins which were installed in police offices around the area throughout the two-week amnesty.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “The work these young cadets have been involved in has been immensely valuable in spreading our messages amongst young people. They gain an insight into how we deal with policing issues and promote our messages amongst their peers about the consequences of being involved in crime.”
Fearless are the youth section of Crimestoppers. The Cleveland team was launched in 2010 and have been involved in sponsored events, presentations, public surveys and getting out into the community to meet the public. They have campaigned on various issues and are currently working on an anti-drugs campaign.
Many young people may know who is responsible for crime in their area but are afraid of the revealing their identity to police. The Fearless team promote the Crimestoppers phone number and urge young people to use this as an alternative to contacting the police if that is their concern.
The national Fearless website can be accessed at https://www.fearless.org
Posted on Friday 13th November 2015