08 Mar PCSO Simon Gallagher – West Mercia North Worcestershire Youth Engagement Team
Amongst the key priorities of West Mercia Police are safeguarding young people from crime, promoting their welfare and helping to break down barriers between our youth and the police force in general.
There are dedicated Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers to work on Youth Engagement teams for each West Mercia police division. The West Mercia Police North Worcestershire Youth Engagement Team engage with: school children in Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove & Redditch of all ages from primary schools to high schools & colleges; learning disability groups, pupils in non-mainstream schools or with special educational needs; young adults working with The Prince’s Trust; and The Police Cadets.
Aims are achieved by: inputs as classroom lessons or general assemblies; attending parent’s evenings; assisting with working with individuals; organising an annual Year 6 tag rugby tournament attended by over 350 pupils in Wyre Forest schools; organising a multi-agency ‘Young Citizens Challenge’ events attended by over 1000 Wyre Forest schoolchildren and over 700 Bromsgrove & Redditch school children; weekly Police Cadet sessions & community / local policing events.
Some of the topics covered include : internet / e-safety, cyber bullying, online stranger danger, sexting; drugs & alcohol; road safety & general ‘staying safe’; bullying; anti-social behaviour; consequences & the law / coping with peer pressure; stranger danger; hate & ‘mate’ crime; and policing careers advice.