Cumbria Police start Staysafe Operation
Published at 10:28, Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Cumbria Police have launched a festive campaign to keep children safe over Christmas.
Staysafe Operations is working with Cumbria’s Children’s Trust to educate children and their parents in all areas of West Cumbria between now and New Year’s Day.
During a Staysafe Operation children considered to be vulnerable are taken to a place of safety by the Police.
This includes those in possession of alcohol, those who are too young to be out at that time of night and any youths who are involved in antisocial behaviour.
Safe sites include children’s centres and Inspira offices.
Trained staff are in attendance to deal with the young people taken there by the police.
Further support and guidance will be given to the children and their parents by the agencies involved after the initiative.
Previously it has been used in Whitehaven, Workington and Cockermouth whereby four youths aged 14-16 found with possession of alcohol were taken to a place of safety, two in Whitehaven and two in Workington.
Sergeant Richard Farnworth, of Cumbria Police, said: “Operation Staysafe protects children and also provides a reassuring police presence on the streets.
“The aim of the initiative is to protect children from harm by identify children who are out on the streets at night, who are at risk of harm and making them and their parents aware of the dangers they are putting themselves in.
“We want to reassure the local community that tackling any antisocial behaviour is a priority and this is one way we can help educate children before any such behaviour occurs and prevent them from becoming at risk of harm.
“I’m pleased we are able to work with other agencies and parents to reduce the risk of harm to young people and give them the information needed to prevent it happening again.
“Over the festive period we will carry out this work at times and in places where we know young people can place themselves at risk and we have already identified locations across all parts of West Cumbria.
“I also want to send the clear message to parents that not knowing where your child is at night, allowing them to consume alcohol or allowing them to stay out late on their own, is unacceptable. I want to reassure communities that we are working to keep children safe.
“Parents need to take responsibility for their children ensuring that they have an alcohol free childhood.
“We will also deal with any offences by Licensees who sell alcohol to or for young people.”
Antisocial behaviour can be reported to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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