Police 'Family Fun Day' heralded a success

07 Jul 2016 08:41 AM

Wallsend family fun day [View Full Size]

A family fun day hosted by Northumbria Police has been heralded a success after it was visited by more than 5,000 people.

On Saturday (July 2) the Force opened the doors to Middle Engine Police Station in Wallsend to members of the local community and beyond.

Families and friends were given the chance to meet Northumbria's dog section, try their hand at a military assault course and take on a rotating climbing wall.

Children could also get their face painted and representatives were there from the other emergency services to talk to residents about life as a firefighter and a paramedic.

The event was organised by the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team to allow members of the public to get to know their local police officers.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: "We really wanted to open the doors to the public and give local people the chance to get to know us.

"We wanted to break down barriers and get to know the community we serve.

"I was delighted to see thousands of smiling faces and really enjoyed getting to know some of the people living in the area.

"Many people rarely come into contact with police officers so it is great to use this opportunity to show the public that we're an easy bunch to get along with."

Northern Area commander, Chief Superintendent Sharon Stavers said: "This was a fantastic event and a great example of community engagement by our neighbourhood team in Wallsend.

"Neighbourhood policing is a priority for our Force and we hope that every single person who came to visit us on Saturday went away feeling proud to be part of this community.

"We have made changes to protect neighbourhood policing in the North East and hopefully this event shows how committed we are to engaging with those living in our Force area."

The Force has recently made changes to their neighbourhood model to protect neighbourhood policing in Northumbria and maintain a visible presence in our communities.

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