Police honoured for making school safer

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Work to combat inconsiderate parking and speeding around schools in Kilburn and Denby has earned police a national award nomination.

Parents on the school run had caused complaints at Kilburn Junior School and Denby Free School.

But after officers organised a ‘Tour de Denby’ in Juneand the Go Go project at Kilburn Junior School as well as holding security marking events for residents to help them protect their bikes the situation has improved.

Now, Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team has been put forward for an award from Modeshift, a national organisation which aims to increase active and sustainable modes of travel.

PC Neil Hopwell of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We feel very honoured for our work to be put forward for this national award in sustainable travel, and delighted to have made it into the top three nominees in the team category.

“The work would not have been possible without the help and support of the sustainable travel team at Derbyshire County Council, local schools and the communities we serve.”

Trouble flared around April time when police were being inundated with complaints from Kilburn when school crossing patrols were not in effect.

They set to work organising cycle to school events, helped by Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart initiative, which provides support to schools to help them encourage pupils, parents and staff to travel sustainably to school.

Among the other tools which they used to prevent motorists misbehaving around the school were safe parking signs using the youngsters’ own designs and a number of Community Speed Watch checks.

In July 15 bicycles and ten scooters, used by school children in Kilburn werealso bought through the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant.

They also expanded the work to Holbrook, Milford, Makeney and Belper’s Parks Estate.

The team’s efforts have led to recognition with a modeshift awards nomination.

There were 45 applications for seven categories, which have been narrowed down to 20 finalists.

The winners will be announced on Thursday, November 6 at the Modeshift Convention in Birmingham.

To contact the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, email belper.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk or follow them on Twitter: @KilburnSNT.