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Issue:- 19 June 2014

Police cadets showcase their work as Minister visits Lancashire

YOUNG volunteer police cadets played a key role as Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed Policing Minister Damian Green MP to the county.  Mr Green heard from some of the Constabulary's youngest volunteers when he headed to Blackpool and the Fylde College today, as part of a day long visit to the resort to find out more about policing in Lancashire.  The Minister also visited Blackpool's Bonny Street police station where he spoke to Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Amanda Webster and Superintendent Sam Mackenzie about the benefits of the Constabulary's commitment to early intervention, and enjoyed a private lunch with Commissioner Clive Grunshaw and Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.  The Commissioner said:- "I am very proud of Lancashire's Volunteer Police Cadets; being part of the developing Citizens in Policing programme is a valuable opportunity, and they have already proved themselves a real asset to the force.  I want Lancashire Constabulary to embrace volunteering and give communities the chance to become involved in policing. Residents want to have more of a say in policing, and volunteering gives them the opportunity to do that. For the youngsters involved in the cadets, they have a chance to gain vital experiences of both policing and helping communities. The visit also provided the opportunity to talk about early intervention; something I am passionate about driving forward as Police and Crime Commissioner. Given the scale of Government cuts, adopting an early intervention approach to reduce future service demand is vital, and something I hope will have real benefit for Lancashire's residents. I hope the Minister has been able to see today the scale of work taking place in Lancashire to ensure we have the best possible police force, and has taken on board the fact that any further Government cuts will seriously impact on that."

Lancashire has 9 Volunteer Police Cadet schemes county-wide involving youngsters between the ages of 13 and 18, and during today's visit the Commissioner and Mr Green had the chance to speak to the Blackpool cadets about their experiences.  Matt Barr, Curriculum Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said:- "The police cadet scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people, including a number of our Public Services students, to get a first hand insight into the work of the police and to gain some relevant volunteering experience for their CVs. We have a good reputation for supporting young people into careers in the public services and being involved with the programme is an important part of our outreach work with local schoolchildren and the wider community. We're proud to be a part of this successful scheme and offer use of our facilities for the benefit of everyone involved."

Southport Access For Everyone (SAFE) Update

THE voluntary group who are working with people to improve access for disabled people to premises and services in the Southport area of Merseyside are holding another free public meeting. The meeting will be held at:- Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport, PR8 6DG from 7pm, on Monday, 30 June 2014. Southport Access For Everyone forum is open to anyone with or without a disability. Tony Crabtree of behalf of SAFE said:- "We are pleased to announce this month's guest speaker is Jo Seddon from Southport Living Well Station; formerly Community Service Station will be giving us an update on this service. The premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users with adequate car parking facilities, and light refreshments will be served before the meeting commences. I would like to stress that anyone with an interest in disability issues are welcome. Also for more information about our group and also about meetings, we ask that your readers go to our website or call us on:- 07866531036."

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