Wiltshire Police is focusing on supporting young people in our community throughout the month of February.
The Force is looking at ways to better engage with children and young people in the county, as well as help provide educational support by posting vital information about crimes and subjects which most affect young people including how to stay safe online.
Throughout the year, Wiltshire Police runs a number of events aimed at young people including the Junior Good Citizen scheme, as well as supporting the Police Cadets.
The Wiltshire Youth Summit takes place at Devizes School on February 8, and our Youth Engagement Team will be joined at the event by Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and Inspector Paul Hawkins to talk to young attendees from the county. The Force is hosting the event in conjunction with the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS and other service providers and partners. During the day, Wiltshire Police will be running a workshop for young people to give them an insight into the challenges we face in policing the county. ACC Pritchard will also participate in an open Q&A session.
On Twitter, we will be asking schools from across the county to put questions to the Chief Constable using the hashtag #AskTheChief. He will answer the best ones throughout the month.
Later this week, we will launch a writing competition for primary school children to win a special visit from officers to their school, where they will get a chance to sit in a police car. The winning entry will also be published in our internal magazine, Firstbeat.
You can follow the Wiltshire Police Youth Engagement Team on Twitter @WiltsPolYouth or on YouTube at ‘Wiltshire Police – Youth Engagement Team’.