Police Cadets give out crime prevention advice around beauty spot car parks in the Peak District

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Our Police Cadets from the Chesterfield unit have been giving out crime prevention advice at beauty spot car parks in the Peak District.

They have been giving up their time during the weekends and bank holidays to help us remind motorists about vehicle security in parts of the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak as part of the Safer Together campaign.

The initiative took place alongside high visibility patrols by officers on the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, and was set up as the holiday and busier tourist season gets underway, and where historically there we have noticed a trend of thefts from vehicles, and encouraging people not to leave valuable item in their cars.

Our cadets have also been supporting work by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, handing out advice and information around preventing moorland fires.

They have visited beauty spot car parks in Grindleford, Hope Valley, Hathersage, Stanage, and Baslow, where they happened to bump into our Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, who was out enjoying a walk in the countryside.

He stopped to say hello to the group and to find out more about what they were doing, even stopped for a photograph with them.

Inspector Daron Abbott, who is in charge of policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: “The operation was designed to increase engagement with the public, and to highlight the risks around vehicle crime and encourage motorists to help us by removing valuables and securing their cars, reducing the opportunities for would-be criminals.

“We would like to thank our police cadets who, instead of taking the opportunity to relax on their weekends, volunteered their time to help their community and prevent crime. We’re very proud of the contribution they make and hope that our residents and visitors will put the advice to good use.”

The Safer Together campaign has been set up with the aim of reaching out and engaging with communities across Derbyshire, helping to raise awareness of new investment in the force and show how we are working as a partnership with other agencies, and investing into making Derbyshire safer.

The investment came after consultation with the public revealed they were willing to pay extra in council tax to fund an increase in police resources in neighbourhoods, through their council tax, and will see the recruitment of 120 additional officers and staff into roles which include police officers, PCSOs, investigators along with others designed to enhance local policing teams and improve problem solving and investigations capacity.

They will help us to increase police visibility, improve road safety, provide greater support to vulnerable people, including those in mental health crisis, and enhance investigative policing. Recruitment to the all posts is due to be in place by the end of July.

You can find out more about the work of our Police Cadets by following them on Twitter, @DerbysCadets.
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