While school is out for summer, it doesn’t mean the Youth Engagement Team are stuck for something to do.
The team of eight Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are based across the nine Neighbourhood Policing Areas that make up the force area, and much of their time is dedicated to visiting schools and youth groups to build relationships between the force and young people.
But while the students are enjoying the summer break, the Youth Engagement Officers (YEOs) will be in their neighbourhoods, working with the local officers to stay on top of what is happening.
PCSO Lynette Rose, who works in Coalville, said: “I’ll be working with the local beat team, and if there are any reports of anti-social behaviour involving young people, I’ll head down there.
“What I always try and do is to speak to them about what it is they’re doing and move them on.
“If it’s appropriate, I can always make a report on the system – on Sentinel. This means it’s easy for the officers on the patch to see who’s being doing what and to know if they’ve been doing it before.”
The beat team and PCSO Rose will also be at community engagement events over the summer – like the cycle event at Snibston Country Park and the Caribbean Carnival in Leicester.