Posted on 29th March 2018
Officers from our Safer Neighbourhood teams are inviting children, parents and carers in the Littleover, Mickleover, Sunnyhill and Stockbrook areas of Derby to search for their copsrocks over the Easter holiday.
On Easter Sunday the teams are hiding painted rocks over the patch carrying details of how to access a range of safety messages.
Sergeant Alex Wood, who is in charge of the teams, said: “The idea follows the ‘derbyshirerocks’ theme and is to create a fun game for the local children, parents and carers to play over the school holidays.
“The rocks are marked with different markings including our Twitter account, knife crime safety and information on how to access online safety information.
PCSO Rob Palfreyman, works for the Littleover team and thought of the idea whilst collecting derbyshirerocks in Elvaston Castle with his son. He said: “I know it is a popular thing for children to do so thought it would be good to join in the fun on our policing area whilst also giving out some safety messages.
“We will be hiding the copsrocks from Easter Sunday onwards in parks and public areas across the four areas of Derby.
“We would ask that when they are found a picture is taken and sent to the derbyshirerocks facebook page and the relevant police twitter account for that area with the hashtag #derbycopsrocks. They can then be hidden again for someone else to find.”
Sergeant Wood continued: “We hope this will help build our following on social media as we often post important updates and information relevant to the local community on our accounts.
“Our team put a lot of effort into engaging with young people in the area and we are always looking at innovative ways to reach new audiences.”
For more information and to post the pictures of the found rocks visit the teams on Twitter @LittleoverSNT, @MickleoverSNT, @SunnyHillSNT and @AbbeySNT