Chesterfield police add their support to ‘safe strangers’ idea

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Police in Chesterfield are taking to social media to encourage parents and carers to point officers out as ‘safe strangers’ to youngsters.

PC Simon Duddles from the Dunston, Moor and St Helen’s/Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Teams and PCSO Anna Kelsey from the Inkersall, Middlecroft, Poolsbrook and Duckmanton beat, have been tweeting about the initiative, to help children recognise who to go to if they are lost or need help when they are out in the community.

PCSO Kelsey has recently visited Staveley Junior School to chat to pupils about Stranger Danger.

The scheme involves always telling an adult where they are going; not to speak to or accept anything from someone they do not know; and telling someone they trust such as a police officer, parent/carer or a teacher, if they are approached by a stranger.

She said: “We want local young people to feel comfortable when they approach us and understand they can turn to us if they are ever lost, scared or threatened when they are out and about.

“The events in Staveley have been well received by students and hopefully they now see me, and other local officers, in a positive and safe light, because they get to openly ask questions and find out about what we do.

“A large part of our job is serving and helping the community.”

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To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 or follow on Twitter: @DunstonMoorSNT, @NewboldSNT and @InkersallSNT.