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YOUNG people will next week get to meet a new eloected police chief at an event to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour.
Cleveland’s recently-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will be the special guest at the Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Day event which starts on Monday.
The initiative is for Year 8 pupils from across the town’s secondary schools and will include a series of interactive workshops about how unruly behaviour can affect other people’s lives.
The workshops cover topics such as e-safety, cyber bullying, respectful relationships, alcohol and drug dangers, hoax emergency telephone calls, litter and the impact on others of large gatherings of young people.
From Monday to Thursday, the event, organised by Hartlepool Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, will be attended by around 1,200 pupils.
It will be held at the Borough Hall on the Headland, Hartlepool.
A range of agencies are involved in putting the event together, including Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Victim Support, Hyped, Hartlepool Youth Offending Service, the Children’s Society, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team, Harbour and the Belle Vue Centre.
Sally Forth, the council’s community safety manager, said: “ASBAD is now into its ninth year and it continues to go from strength to strength.
“We are looking forward to welcoming Mr Coppinger to this year’s event and showing him the excellent work of the various agencies that support ASBAD.
“The whole point of ASBAD is to bring lots of young people together so that we can more easily reach out to them to make them more aware of how their behaviour could be construed by others as anti-social, and to encourage them to change.”
SINCE his appointment just over two months ago, Barry Coppinger has attended over 140 meetings in 41 working days, many with local communities.
Mr Coppinger said: “Throughout the election campaign and from day one of taking up the job, I made clear my determination to listen to the views of all sections of the community and ensure that their views and concerns are reflected in the priorities for Cleveland Police.
“That is why one of my first actions was to announce the ‘Your Force, Your Voice’ initiative, the biggest-ever consultation exercise taken in the history of Cleveland Police, involving me getting out and meeting with the public in every one of the Force’s Neighbourhood Policing team areas.”
He is also looking to hear from people with their views for the initiative, which can be fed back via www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk.
He added: “I’m pleased to say that the programme is well underway and I have been very pleased with the response from members of the public, both in terms of their willingness to come forward with their concerns and ideas on how we can improve the service, and the widely-held appreciation for work undertaken by our neighbourhood teams.”