Residents help police fight crime

18 Aug 2015 00:00 AM

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Residents from a care home and a disability group in Newcastle have spent a fun filled day with Northumbria Police.

Three residents from affordable housing provider Home Group’s assisted living accommodation in Dinnington and Caddyshack disability group came to Etal Lane Police station on Thursday, August 13, and spent the day behind the scenes getting to experience life as a police officer.

The opportunity was arranged for residents and group members who are huge fans of the police and have always wanted to spend a day with an officer.

PC Heather Wilson, of the Newcastle North Neighbourhood team, said: "It was great to have the guys from Home Group and Caddyshack visit us for the day.

"A real highlight for them was the chance to meet with officers from Operation Dragoon, our Road Safety Policing team, and have a look at some of the force's police cars. They got the chance to get in the driver's seat and experience what it's like for a police officer behind the wheel - they loved it and the officers really enjoyed it too.

"It was great to see how enthusiastic they are about policing and a pleasure to have them as part of the team for the day.

"We really value the opportunity to link in with members of the public, as it helps make us more accessible to the community and helps build trust and good relations for the future.

"Hopefully the visit to the station and meeting the officers here has been a positive experience for them."

David Thackwray, Home Group training officer, said: "We’re supporting our clients through the Home Achievement Programme which helps them develop life skills and helps towards a career.

"The insight into the fleet of police vehicles and the way in which animals are cared for was really useful to our clients who have ambitions to work in these areas. Some of our clients have complex needs and it’s invaluable for them to visit real world work places.”

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