Road safety focus for emergency services at gala event in Clowne

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Our officers in Clowne worked alongside their emergency service colleagues at the weekend to show people the dangers and consequences of drink driving.

Local Safer Neighbourhood policing team officers joined forces with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service at Clowne Gala, on Saturday, July 13, to stage a mock car collision, caused by a drink driver.

The event also shows people how police officers and fire crews deal with an incident, and remove people who are seriously injured from vehicles.

St John’s Ambulance volunteers from Bolsover then took over the show with a demonstration on how to give CPR, and our officers gave people the chance to try out special goggles which show how difficult it is, even to walk in a straight line, when under the influence of alcohol.

PC Matt Cooling, of the Clowne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We had a great day at Clowne Gala on Saturday, getting to know members of our local community and working with our partners to give a more realistic look at the aftermath of a serious collision caused by a drink driver and show how the emergency services work together at the scene of a crash.

“Drinking or taking drugs before you get behind the wheel is a risk not worth taking, as you put yourself and others in danger and face consequences such as death, serious injury, prison sentence and driving ban amongst others. Sadly, incidents like these happen all year round but if you are going out this summer and planning on driving please don’t drink or take drugs.”

There were also more than 30 charity and community stalls, activities and live acts at Clowne Gala which took place at Heritage High School, and falls during our Safer Together campaign.

Safer Together has been launched to help demonstrate how the extra £24 each household is paying into policing, through their council tax, will see the recruitment of 120 additional officers and staff, increase police visibility, improve road safety, provide greater support to vulnerable people, including those in mental health crisis, and enhance investigative policing

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 and the Safer

Together campaign aims to reach out and engage with residents and show how we are working as a partnership with other agencies, and investing into making Derbyshire safer.

Recruitment to an extra 120 new roles is under way with posts all due to be in place by the end of July. The roles include police officers, PCSOs, investigators along with other roles designed to enhance local policing teams and improve problem solving and investigations capacity.

You can keep in touch with the work of the Bolsover and Clowne Safer Neighbourhood policing teams on their own Facebook page, or on Twitter, @ClowneSNT.
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