Posted on 23rd September 2014
Derbyshire’s High Sheriff has visited police to find out more about youth diversionary projects in the Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and Amber Valley area.
David Coleman, who was appointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire in April, spent the day at Chesterfield Police Station on Thursday, September 18 talking to officers and staff from partnership agencies who work with young people in the area.
Mr Coleman spent time in the OzBox gym, and meeting those involved with other youth diversionary activities in the local area including Extreme Wheels, the Kes project and Redeeming Our Communities.
Extreme Wheels is a programme which offers action sport activities and has taken place in parts Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley at times when police have noticed a rise in reports of nuisance behaviour, including during the school holidays.
The Kes project, run by the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, saw young people from across the Chesterfield area, with poor attendance at school and showing signs of getting involved with anti-social behaviour, working alongside an expert in birds of prey to learn more about caring for them.
Redeeming Our Communities, or ROC, officially launched in Chesterfield last weekend and is an initiative which aims to reduce crime and disorder through partnerships with the police, councils, faith groups and voluntary organisations.
It includes having Street Pastors who go into the town centre on busy weekend evenings as well as running a drop-in café and youth centre among other activities.
Chief Superintendent Debbie Mathews, who is in charge of policing in Chesterfield, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and the Amber Valley said: “I was really pleased to be able welcome the High Sheriff to Chesterfield Divisional Headquarters, to speak about policing in the area and the way we are engaging with local young people.
“Mr Coleman was interested to hear about the many different projects and organisations our officers work with to help try and divert youngsters into positive activities and away from anti-social or nuisance behaviour which may be likely to cause concern to other members of our communities.”
The High Sheriff is the Queen's ceremonial representative in Derbyshire for issues relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
He also supports a number of local charities and causes, including initiatives that aim to keep local communities safe and help prevent young people from falling into the criminal justice system in the first place.
Ch. Supt. Mathews added: “As part of the visit Mr Coleman also saw an OzBox session in action. The OzBox team explained to the High Sheriff about how they are encouraging young people to join the nine free gyms across both the county and city to help get them into a routine of exercise, as well as looking for volunteers for the scheme. They are completing similar introductory sessions throughout the county with the colleges and have skill festivals arranged.
“He commented on the hard work and commitment shown by the young people taking part, praise indeed from a man who walked 220 miles around the boundary of Derbyshire in August for charity, and wished the group well in their chosen career paths.”
Ozbox was set up by police in 2003 and involves sessions of non-contact boxing and fitness training. The sessions are about having fun but also teach young people to take pride in themselves and in their community.
It is partly run by volunteers, and is recognised and supported by the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE).
For more information on OzBox visit www.ozbox.org
, call 0300 122 8250 or email: Ozbox@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk