Neighbourhood Watch News Article
Published: 28th April 2011
via your Berkhamsted Watch Member
We are sending this message as some of you may have seen the article regarding PCSOs and young people on a fishing trip which appeared in The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers this week and we wish to clarify the facts surrounding this story which were inaccurate.
Firstly, no police time was wasted on this - and there was no cost to the public purse. - it is run and manned by volunteers and Police Community Support Officers who have been employed to engage with young people.
The officers in the photograph are texting colleagues to find out if they were needed to assist with a fatal collision which occurred that day, not texting socially as implied by the Daily Mail article.
Dacorum Angling Project is run by Boxmoor & District Angling Society (BDAS) in conjunction with Druglink and Herts Police. It’s been run every week for four years during every school holiday, except Christmas. More than forty youngsters have participated.
They are generally not tearaways but are kids who are disadvantaged by their family circumstances. Yes we have had some really troubled children but we have given them a safe environmental where they have respected their peers and elders and the scheme has an 86 per cent success rate in keeping them from law breaking, Eighty six per cent.
With the exception of the initial funding which brought equipment, the Project is supported by BDAS and private individuals.
As a consequence many of the young people have gone back into full time education, some have gone on to college and gained qualifications and now have the foundations to become useful members of society.
We hope that this has helped those of you who may have read the article to understand the true facts behind this coverage.
Sent by Olivia Finucane, Police Manager Neighbourhood Watch
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