School Community Watch helps keep children safe

Bracknell News, the portal for UK towns, cities and villages

> Home

> About Us
> Photos
> Bracknell Guides
> Bracknell Books
> Bracknell Adverts
> Bracknell Business
> Bracknell Web Sites
> Bracknell Accommodation
> Bracknell Restaurants
> Bracknell Attractions
> Bracknell Events
> Bracknell Photos

Site Designed By

Commatic Limited

Click here to send an email message to up to five friends about this web site


School Community Watch helps keep children safe

Posted: 24/09/2007 09:16:59

A new scheme that encourages children to take an active part in reducing crime and disorder in their neighbourhood is being launched in primary schools across Bracknell.

School Community Watch is a version of Neighbourhood Watch, aimed initially at 10- and 11-year-old pupils in Year Six. It is intended to give youngsters more information about local crime and disorder issues, provide them with opportunities to help reduce crime, and make them feel safer.

The scheme has been piloted at Harmans Water Primary School since April 2007 and, over the next two weeks, officers from Bracknell Forest police area’s Community Safety Team will be visiting a number of other primary schools in the borough to introduce the initiative there. It is expected that School Community Watch will be rolled out to all primary schools in Bracknell Forest by the end of the 2007/08 academic year.

Bracknell’s Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Margaret Weber said: “The new scheme will help to build a good relationship between children and the police, so that they will be able to approach and talk to officers easily. I hope it will give them a clear understanding of what constitutes responsible behaviour, and also a better knowledge of the people and agencies within the community who can help them.

“We have targeted Year Six pupils in the hope that they will continue to use the scheme throughout their time at secondary school.

“Despite some people’s perceptions, the great majority of youngsters are well-behaved and care about their community. Just like adults, they are concerned about crime and don’t like to see things like graffiti and vandalism.

“School Community Watch will give young people the chance to tell us about their concerns and encourage them to contribute to problem-solving initiatives.”

PCSOs from each neighbourhood team will be visiting primary schools at regular intervals to talk to Year Six pupils and facilitate the running of the Watch scheme.

In addition, Margaret Weber has added a School Community Watch section to the Community Messaging internet site. The lively web pages contain local news, crime reduction messages and information about the community, all geared to the needs of young people.

Margaret said: “We’ve keen to make the website interactive, so there will be a question and answer feature, where youngsters can send in their questions anonymously and we will publish them, together with the appropriate answers.”

Year Six pupils at Harmans Water Primary School took part in a competition last summer to design a School Community Watch display board. The winner was presented with a digital camera and certificate by A/Ch Insp Simon Bowden, Commander of Bracknell local police area.

With funding from Bracknell Forest Borough Council through the Extended Schools Programme, a number of the specially-designed display boards have been produced and at least two will be installed in each school that joins the scheme.


Other Bracknell News

Warning to owners of older vehicles – Bracknell
Posted: 31/07/2007 17:54:00
Fire at building site – Bracknell
Posted: 04/04/2007 12:32:30
Robbery - Bracknell
Posted: 21/02/2007 14:33:12
Reward offered after burglary - Bracknell
Posted: 21/02/2007 14:30:04
Criminal damage to lorry - Bracknell
Posted: 13/02/2007 20:37:51
Teenager sentenced for robbery – Bracknell
Posted: 01/02/2007 09:46:02
Police seek witnesses to park assault – Bracknell
Posted: 25/01/2007 17:15:38
Man swallows suspected drugs to avoid police
Posted: 23/01/2007 18:24:23
Two London drug-dealers sentenced within a week
Posted: 22/01/2007 18:40:14

Other News From Around The County

Reading - Policing the party 2008 – Reading Festival
Posted: 08/08/2008 14:55:15
Windsor - 40 drivers educated on seat belt safety
Posted: 29/07/2008 22:10:50
Reading - Mounted Section out on patrol
Posted: 24/07/2008 15:40:21
Maidenhead - PCSO recognised for outstanding contribution
Posted: 22/07/2008 20:56:25
Twyford - Twyford neighbourhood update - June
Posted: 26/06/2008 20:01:28
Newbury - Dogs Trust Open Day
Posted: 26/06/2008 19:49:56
Newbury - Diversity Day
Posted: 30/04/2008 18:07:11
Slough - Fewer victims of crime
Posted: 15/04/2008 13:41:31
Maidenhead - Police clamp down at school crossings
Posted: 15/04/2008 13:17:38
Wokingham - Wokingham Neighbourhood update
Posted: 03/04/2008 16:20:07
Earley - Earley neighbourhood update
Posted: 05/12/2007 13:44:30
Windsor - Teenager thanked for creating poster
Posted: 05/11/2007 16:16:16
Maidenhead - Residents determine priorities
Posted: 22/10/2007 12:49:01
Windsor - Clean-up day - Broom Farm Estate - Windsor
Posted: 18/10/2007 20:28:10
Thatcham - Primary Schools Football Competition - Thatcham
Posted: 25/09/2007 00:21:23
Wickham - Fatal collision – Wickham, Hungerford
Posted: 23/09/2007 12:26:06
Swallowfield - Fatal collision - Swallowfield
Posted: 02/09/2007 16:14:02
Windsor - Burst water main – Windsor
Posted: 28/08/2007 10:30:13
Reading - Policing Reading Festival – update
Posted: 25/08/2007 17:12:46
Reading - Policing the party 2007 – Reading Festival
Posted: 22/08/2007 12:44:34
Woodley - Woodley Neighbourhood Policing update - August
Posted: 15/08/2007 16:54:29
Windsor - Royal Windsor End of Season Extravaganza
Posted: 09/08/2007 22:32:00
Reading - First weekend of Operation Oasis hailed a success
Posted: 06/08/2007 17:08:33
Reading - Thames Valley Police day of fun
Posted: 01/08/2007 14:46:51
Maidenhead - Armed robbery at post office – Maidenhead
Posted: 25/07/2007 11:49:20
Maidenhead - Flooding – Maidenhead
Posted: 20/07/2007 13:58:59
Ascot - Neighbourhood Watch open meeting
Posted: 17/07/2007 18:43:19
Maidenhead - Teenager cautioned for false robbery report
Posted: 12/07/2007 17:44:11
Pangbourne - Pangbourne neighbourhood update – June
Posted: 06/07/2007 12:49:43
Old Windsor - Neighbourhood policing comes to Old Windsor
Posted: 29/06/2007 17:37:01
Reading - Reading shares service transformation with partner
Posted: 14/06/2007 15:48:59

Back to main Bracknell page

Places nearby
Reading (13)      
Windsor (13)
Newbury (10)
Ascot (6)
Bray (6)      
Aldermaston (5)
Eton (5)
Wokingham (5)
Burghfield Common (4)      
Donnington (4)
Search again


Share Tips
SAGA holiday insurance
Marks & Spencer travel insurance