Youngsters complete Takeover Challenge with Barnsley Central team to learn about policing

Date published: 14 December 2021 11:51
Dated: 14 December 2021 11:50:18

South Yorkshire Police’s Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team recently joined forces with members of the town’s Youth Council for a Takeover Challenge.

The challenges give youngsters the chance to work with different professions and learn about real-life decision making in these roles.

It is a national scheme introduced by the Children’s Commissioner for England Rachel de Souza, and on 26 November members of Barnsley Youth Council spent some time learning the ropes with SYP.

During the day there are three sessions – one in person and two virtual. Due to the current coronavirus restrictions three youth council members took part in the in-person session. They shadowed officers from the Central NPT for a few hours and saw community engagement and frontline policing in the flesh.

The virtual sessions then looked at routes into policing and also discussions about the role of a police officer.

Feedback from the event was positive, with one of the youngsters who took part saying they had “been buzzing all afternoon” and had “loved every minute”. They have now expressed an interest in joining the Police Cadets.

T/Inspector Kevin Jenkins, who led the NPT’s participation in the challenge, said: “It was great to have the youngsters out with us and show them what goes on behind the scenes in the day-to-day life of a police officer.

“Community engagement is such a huge part of everyday policing and events like this allow us to talk to different sections of society and find out what issues matter to them and what they want to see tackled.

“We are glad the Barnsley Youth Council members enjoyed their time out with us.”

Photo courtesy of Barnsley Council

Photo courtesy of Barnsley Council

Photo courtesy of Barnsley Council

Photo courtesy of Barnsley Council

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