STUDENTS, residents and police officers have joined forces to combat anti-social behaviour in Rastrick.
The group of around 40 people were discussing, what anti-social behaviour was, how it effects the community and how they can prevent it during a youth forum organised by officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.
During the event the pupils from Rastrick High School also witnessed the fire service cutting casualties out of a car which had been involved in an accident.
PC Matt Catlow, community beat officer for Rastrick, said: “We have had quite a lot of feedback from the children and quite a lot of them understand our side as well. We have been discussing both sides of the coin and hopefully we have given them something to think about.
“I think some of the children were quite surprised with the mock up of the accident with how it pans out and it opened a few eyes. It definitely got the message across more so than a verbal presentation.”
Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who helped to organise the event, said: “It has been good to see the shy children starting to come out of their shells and gain in confidence as the forum has progressed.
“Hopefully we can all work together to improve peoples lives. We will also be doing some follow up work with the school so we can deal with any issues and work with the pupils.”
Sergeant Gary Walker, who is responsible for Rastrick, agreed.
“Personally I think it is a good opportunity for the public, the school children and the emergency services to get together so we can all appreciate the effects of anti-social behaviour.”
This will be the last forum run by Jan West, from West Yorkshire Police, as she leaves the force next month.
“It is a fantastic means of getting the information across. We bring people together and share views and you realise you are not so different and it is about listening to others.”