Pupils, police and politicians pick litter in pilot programme
Jenny Chapman MP joined PCC Ron Hogg, local police officers and kids from Corporation Road Primary School, for a litter pick in the Northgate ward of Darlington this morning.
The project was the latest stage of a community engagement programme being piloted in the area by Durham Constabulary, which has also seen the pupils using disposable cameras to record what was good about their local area and what needed improving.
After the results were received and analysed, the pupils were invited to come along and help deal with the litter problem they had identified.
The aim of the pilot project is to encourage people to work with the police both to spot problems and to improve the well-being of the local community.
Jenny said: "I was really impressed by the kids' attitude and enthusiasm; they were really keen to get stuck in to make their local area a better place to live and play.
"I know from experience that this appetite for getting involved is found all over Darlington, and I am pleased that Durham Constabulary are looking to engage people with schemes like this."
A further engagement event will be taking place for residents of Northgate ward will be held on June 21st at Corporation Road Primary School, starting at 11am.