PC takes to her roller skates
Youth officer aims to reduce antisocial behaviour
A PC is ready to get on her roller skates in West Cornwall with the aim of working with youngsters and discouraging them from getting involved in antisocial behaviour.
PC Jodie Fellows, a youth intervention officer, will be patrolling skate parks in the Truro, Camborne and Penzance areas on her roller skates armed with support service leaflets, police contact details, stickers and fingerprinting sheets for younger children.
PC Fellows said: “As youth intervention officer, most young people will have seen me in their schools and will recognise me. Historically we experience increases in crime during the summer months from the 13 to 18-year-old age group. There has been some criminal damage to the Council’s skate parks (mostly by those who don’t use the equipment) and graffiti with unsavoury words. It is not pleasant for dog walkers and families with children to see. I am aiming to break down barriers and engage with the park users to make them aware of the consequences criminal damage has.”
PC Fellow’s initiative will link into a longer-term project between the police and Cornwall Council to get young people to help decorate the parks and encourage them to take some responsibility for their environment.
This is not the first time PC Fellows has taken to her skates. Last year she started a Sk8Wise campaign and worked with a group of young women who were on the cusp of being involved in antisocial behaviour.
PC Fellows said: “The project was very successful and resulted in two of the girls being hate crime ambassadors in their school; two joined the police cadets and there have been no recorded incidents with the school or police involving this group.”
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