Police launch reward scheme for youngsters in Nailsea
PUBLISHED: 09:20 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 24 May 2018
Police in Nailsea are running a reward scheme to encourage youngsters to carry out good deeds in their community.
Young people will receive reward cards in which they can collect stamps for joining a new club or completing a job to benefit the town – and there are three prizes up for grabs for each age group.
The scheme will launch tomorrow (Friday) alongside the first of a series of taster sessions which will run in Millennium Park throughout the summer.
Police in Nailsea have teamed up with community groups to hold taster sessions in the park from 7-9pm on Friday nights until September.
The first event will feature a football cage, the mobile police station will be kitted out with an Xbox and staff from Avon Fire Rescue Service and the police cadets will show off their equipment.
Sergeant Mark Raby said: “Throughout the summer, the local Nailsea neighbourhood policing team will be present every Friday evening in Millennium Park.
“For your chance to win one of three prizes, ask your local beat team for a reward card.
“Do a good deed, engage with police or guest organisation, clean up litter or generally help out and earn a stamp.
“If you bring a parent, get an extra stamp. You can fill in as many cards as you like.
“At the end of the summer cards will be entered into a prize draw and the winners picked at random.”
The taster sessions and reward scheme have been set up to try to avoid a repeat of last year’s antisocial behaviour which included drug-taking, underage drinking and criminal damage.
Officers hope the sessions will give young people activities to enjoy.
Speaking about the sessions, Sgt Raby said: “We know cutbacks have left young people with less to do and it sometimes results in a small group causing a nuisance or getting into trouble.
“This can have a really negative affect on communities and we’d like to use these Friday evenings as an opportunity to unite the town.”
Reward cards can be collected from the police station on Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm.
You can also get your reward card stamped at the station in Pound Lane if you have completed a good deed or have joined a club or organisation.