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Chernobyl children visit Force Headquarters in Enderby

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PC David Oliver (left) and PC Darren Sewell with some of the children who live near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site

Officers have treated a group of Belarusian youngsters who live in areas close to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to a trip around Force Headquarters.

The area in the former Soviet Union is still highly contaminated by radioactive fallout from the 1986 nuclear explosion and their visit forms part of a month long trip to Leicestershire where they receive recuperative care in a bid to boost their depleted immune systems.

Some 13 youngsters, aged nine to 12 years, spent the morning with the dog handling team where they got to see the dogs in action and hear about the meticulous training they go through.

Their visit was organised through the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leicestershire) charity.

PC David Oliver from the tactical dogs and firearms team introduced his Spaniel, Mabon, who is trained to sniff out explosives, while PC Darren Sewell, from the same team, introduced his five-month-old German Shepherd, Arlo, to youngsters. Arlo is still undergoing general purpose training.

“When the charity first got in touch to ask if we could accommodate the youngsters, we jumped at the chance,” said PC Oliver. “We know just how popular our dogs are and we wanted to make sure the young people had the best time possible so that they could take some great memories back home with them.

“It was lovely to meet them all and it’s something we’ll never forget here.”

Each year the charity provides a month of respite in Leicestershire for children living with the after effects of the nuclear catastrophe that has left a legacy of radioactive contamination which will last for decades to come.

Youngsters get to enjoy the fresh air and take part in a range of stimulating activities including swimming, bowling, sailing, crafts and visits to local attractions. The charity also provides essential health checks for the children during their stay.

Accommodation is provided by local volunteer host families who work in partnership with the charity to give the children lots of loving care and respite during their stay.

Jo Eaton from the charity said: “I host a child myself and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see how they change throughout their visit. They leave looking so much healthier than when they arrived and I know they all thoroughly love the experiences they get to have.

“All of the children on our program are living with challenging social issues and many of them are living in extremely basic conditions. We’re very grateful to Leicestershire Police for providing this wonderful opportunity.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the charity’s work, including hosting a child next year, should contact local group coordinator John Buckby on 07738324947.

For more information about the charity visit https://www.focc-westleics.org.uk/

Missing teen Chloe Weston found safe and well

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Missing teenager Chloe Weston has been found safe and well.

She was located in the city centre around 5.45pm today (27 July) after being reported missing earlier this week.

Officers would like to thank everyone who shared the appeal and called with information relating to Chloe’s whereabouts.

Police had appealed for information about the 17-year-old missing from home.

She was reported missing to police on Monday after her family became increasing worried they had not heard from her over the weekend.

‘Safer Roads Team’ launched at police headquarters

Leicestershire Police has introduced a new team of special constables and volunteers dedicated to improving road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The ‘Safer Roads Team’ was launched at force headquarters in Enderby on Thursday 28th June, where 18 Special Constables and four Police Support Volunteers received an input from the force’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) before officially joining the new team.

PC Tony Bunker works with the RPU and said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the new team to combat anti-social driving behaviour and make our roads safer, in collaboration with the city and county councils, the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and TISPOL: the European Traffic Police Network.

“Our colleagues in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire Police already have well-established Safer Roads Teams staffed by special constables, and we aim to utilise our team in a similar manner.

“The team will be deployed to areas across the force as required, and will carry out a variety of traffic operations targeting a wide range of traffic offences, including FATAL 4.”

FATAL 4 offences are those most likely to cause death or serious injury and include drink/drug driving, excessive speeding, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and the non-wearing of seatbelts.

Fellow RPU officer PC Sean Stone added: “An average of 70 drink drug drivers are arrested across the Leicestershire Police force area each month, over the last three years we have seen a worrying fourfold increase in the number of drug drive arrests, rising from 23 in 2016 to 56 in 2016 and 93 last year.

“In 2016 officers also issued 543 speeding, 698 seatbelt and 533 mobile phone notices.

“We hope the new team will cover a wide expanse of traffic related offences, which we hope will in turn improve the safety of our roads and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured due to traffic offences.”

The team will be primarily staffed by special constables and police support volunteers, supported by various regular officers and the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership.

Richard Smith, a Police Support Volunteer on the Safer Roads Team, said: “My main role will be “spotting” for the team. For example I’ll be looking out for drivers using their mobile phones, driving without their seatbelt, or any vehicles that appear un-roadworthy.

“I’ll then radio the details through to the officers who will make attempts to stop and check the vehicle.”

Special Constable Alison Rudkin also signed up to the new team. She said: “After being a special constable for 2 years I feel this is a huge opportunity and something I really want to get involved in. Not only to further my skills, knowledge and experience within the force but equally to be part of an initiative that is making roads safer. It was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass.”

Anyone who has concerns about traffic offences in their community is advised to contact their local policing team

[Source/Photo: Leicestershire Constabulary]

Unanimous Approval for Policing Budget

The budget for policing Leicestershire in 2018/19 has received the unanimous backing of its independent scrutiny body, thus securing 76 officer posts; boosting the number of investigators working on sexual assaults and enabling an investment in technology to improve efficiency.

Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who presented his budget proposals to the Police and Crime Panel this week (31st January) said that the decision would strengthen neighbourhood policing which is what the public have told him they want to see.

He added:

“In considering my options, I was determined to lay safe foundations for future years, but the options available were not exactly plentiful.

“The government’s own calculations assume that Police and Crime Commissioners will raise the precept by £12 a year for an average property.

“The Policing Minister’s proposals to raise more funding for policing are not wholly unwelcome, but I am disappointed that the entire burden is to be placed on local residents without any increase from the central funding pot. However, I am tremendously grateful for the support I have received from local taxpayers indicating their willingness to pay more for police services.

“This budget sets out to address the key risks and threats to public safety and to meet the Chief Constable’s needs from an operational perspective. It will protect police service delivery for the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It focusses on increasing the time spent on frontline policing and making officers more accessible to the public.

“I am also confident that we are clearly meeting the Minister’s own priorities. The budget report highlights our approach to the transparent and effective use of our reserves, the focus on improving productivity and efficiency and investment in digital technology to enhance mobile working.

“Having scrutinised my proposals in depth, the panel supported the budget and in doing so, approved the 6.41 per cent increase in the policing precept. It’s good news for policing and good news for communities.”

Chief Constable Simon Cole said:

“I am extremely pleased that Lord Bach has developed proposals that will enable us to dedicate more effort and resource in local, neighbourhood policing, and into tackling serious sexual offences and emerging crime types like cyber-crime.

“He has done so with the support of many hundreds of people who took part in a survey about the proposed rise in the amount of money local residents pay for policing, and with the full backing of the Police and Crime Panel.

“The budget will enable us to replace 52 officers as they retire that we would otherwise have not been able to afford to replace. We can also grow by 24 officers, with three going to each neighbourhood to look at cyber-crime, fraud, sexual offences and modern slavery. That means 76 officers more than we had expected.

“In addition we will gain four further sexual offences investigators, and add a positive action post to help us recruit a workforce that ever more closely represents our diverse communities.

“We will invest in middleware that helps our mobile kit work more effectively and in mobile fingerprint ID technology too.”

The net revenue budget for policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland 2018/19 has been set at £176.255m which includes a contribution of £5.058M from reserves.

The total amount paid towards policing by a Band D household will go from £187.23 in the current financial year to £199.23 in 2018/19.



Young ideas on PCC’s Five “Vs”

Organising police station open days and using Leicestershire’s universities to get voluntary support were among suggestions made by young people to the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach last week.

Members of Leicestershire’s Youth Commission were invited to meet the PCC to tell him how they think he can meet the five priorities he has set in his Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021 which was launched in March.

The event saw a range of interesting ideas put forward to feed into the PCC’s five key strands of opportunity that he has labelled “the five Vs” – Viable Partnerships, Visible Policing, Victim Services, Vulnerability Protection and Value for Money.

Better use of free resources such as social media sites was one of the ideas that came up during the Value for Money discussion and recruiting Community Volunteers was put forward as a way of helping protect the vulnerable.

The police station open days idea was put forward during the discussion about Visible Policing and the use of awareness-raising videos, specifically in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) came up under Victim Services.

Commenting on the event, Lord Bach said:

“I welcome discussion around ways in which everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can work together to reduce crime and reassure people and the members of the Youth Commission had some excellent ideas.

“We will be looking at the notes taken during the session and seeing how we might develop some of the suggestions made.”

Leicestershire Youth Commission allows young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicestershire Police.

It enables young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.

[Source / photo.: Office of the P.C.C.]