Beat team prove that police officers are getting younger

LETTER OF THE LAW: Police volunteer cadets Christian Carney, Megan Grieves and Deanna Coates with Pc Gary Fee and Galleries security manager Dave Archbold, back.

LETTER OF THE LAW: Police volunteer cadets Christian Carney, Megan Grieves and Deanna Coates with Pc Gary Fee and Galleries security manager Dave Archbold, back.

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A BEAT team is proving police officers are getting younger – as cop cadets help carry out extra patrols in their community.

Volunteer police cadets have been joining neighbourhood officers to carry out extra patrols during the Easter holiday.

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS: Christian Carney and Megan Grieves handing out Washington newsletter.

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS: Christian Carney and Megan Grieves handing out Washington newsletter.

This week the helpers have worked alongside Police Community Support Officers from Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team, to deliver the team’s latest newsletter, which focuses on youth-related antisocial behaviour and sees the team promoting the Sunderland Partnership Outdoor Play Code, to help prevent problems in Washington.

The code includes helpful advice for youngsters, parents and residents who may be concerned about children playing outside.

Washington Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart, said: “The clocks went forward a few weeks ago meaning the evenings will now start to get lighter, and we know more and more children are likely to be playing outside and young people will be out and about more, meeting their friends.

“It’s great for them to be able to enjoy the fresh air and make the most of the spring and summer months, but we also know it can cause anguish to other residents who may be concerned people playing outside is going to cause a nuisance.

It’s great for them to be able to enjoy the fresh air and make the most of the spring and summer months but we also know it can cause anguish to other residents who may be concerned people playing outside is going to cause a nuisance.

Inspector Paul Stewart

“I’d like to reassure our local communities that we are working with local partner agencies and local schools to provide activities for young people to get involved in during the spring and summer months, and officers will be carrying out regular patrols across Washington, along with the police cadets, to speak to young people and reassure the local community.”

Residents previously raised concerns about an increase in disorder caused by underage youths drinking alcohol.

Insp Stewart added: “Underage drinking is undoubtedly a catalyst for disorder and we have taken steps to tackle this.

“Off-licences selling alcohol to underage youths have been targeted and appropriate action taken against them.

“In addition, we have utilised dispersal orders and worked with youth offender support services and continue to work with other agencies, to provided activities for young people to get involved in.”

The newsletters were handed out at the Galleries as part of the cadets’ effort.