Posted on 21st December 2016
Police officers from Derbyshire police’s Safer Neighbourhood teams and dog section were at the Royal Derby Hospital yesterday, Tuesday, December 21. The teams, including police dog Sandy, visited patients in the Children’s Hospital and some of the elderly medicine wards, with Sandy stealing the show, bringing smiles to lots of faces.
The event was organised to launch the Derbyshire Bright Star, an initiative, in partnership with Derby City Community Safety and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, to promote positive relationships with children, young people and the elderly.
Ali Adams is a police sergeant working in the Community Safety and Vulnerability Unit at St Mary’s Wharf Police Station, Derby, she explained: “It is vital that as a public service we find different ways of being able to communicate and being accessible to all within our communities.
“We try to do this is in a variety of ways but it is really important that we don’t rely on people coming to us and that we get out and about into different settings within the community. This is so we are able to talk and listen to people, know what their concerns are and be able to give them advice on all sorts of different issues.
“Derbyshire Bright Star will see us working with our partners to reach out to children, young people and different generations across communities in order to promote keeping safe and well.”
Louise Melbourne, youth worker for Derby Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have a great partnership with the police, and it’s fantastic that they were able to come and spend some time with our young people.
“It’s so important that we engage our young people with the work of the police, as it breaks down barriers and fosters a good relationship between our patients and those in society who work to keep us safe.”
During the day officers worked with Police Service Volunteers (PSVs) to give out crime prevention advice, there was a performance from the Impact Youth Gospel Choir and presents which had been specially selected for older patients in the Children’s Hospital were handed over.
PC Lisa Jones, the Safer Neighbourhood Youth Officer who organised the launch event, said: “It was a great day with lots of smiles from people we met. The comment that summed it for me was from a young boy we met on one of the wards who told me that we were not as scary as we look on the TV. This is what it is all about, breaking down barriers so that we are able to understand better what concerns people and so we are then able to help them when we can.”
For more information about Bright Star contact the Safer Neighbourhood Youth Officers on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.