Police in Kilburn are working alongside partner agencies to promote a new website for young people to pick up information on issues including drugs and alcohol, abuse, weapons, theft and violence.
Fearless.org allows people to access non-judgemental material and advice about crime, and provides them with a safe place to give details about crime anonymously.
PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team attended a course held at County Hall in Matlock to learn more about the campaign from Crimestoppers.
The team went along to Flamsteed School in Denby recently to talk to Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students about the initiative alongside representatives from Crimestoppers, with pupils describing it as “interesting,” “useful” and “honest.”
PC Hopwell said: “It was great to get out into the local community to help to promote an excellent new support channel for local youngsters. The pupils were keen to find out more about the Fearless campaign and what it entailed.
“It was also a chance for us to meet and get to know the students, many of whom live locally, and encourage them to discuss issues and come and say hello if they see us when out and about on patrol.
“PCSO Midgley and I now have the mechanisms we need to continue our work in promoting the programme, including a PowerPoint presentation, so we are keen to roll it out further to other secondary schools in our area.
“This project is a great example of officers and partner agencies working together to deliver interesting projects and events to the local community.”
Teacher Dawn Musson said: “It’s good having PC Neil Hopwell and his team popping into school and regularly chatting with our students both in school and in the community. This relationship builds bridges and trust between the young people and the police.
“The Fearless website provides a fantastic resource for students to easily access honest, impartial advice and information about crucial and relevant topics. This site offers answers to the many questions youngsters have but frequently don’t know where to get help from. It has given us another opportunity to raise awareness with students as to how they can keep themselves and their friends safe.”
Chairman of Derbyshire Crimestoppers Committee, Louise Gratton was also there on the day. She said: “We really appreciate the support our Fearless message has received from Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team. We are grateful to the officers who attended the Fearless Ambassador training programme that Derbyshire Crimestoppers delivered last year. The team has worked hard to ensure the Fearless message has reached all the age groups at John Flamsteed as well as coordinating the teaching materials required.”
Visit https://fearless.org/ to find out more.