New partners sign up for sold out Summer Camp (7 Aug 2014)

This year's West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp is a sizzling summer sell out with new partners and new activities added to an already packed programme.

The police-led camp at Bradford College, starts on Monday, 11 August and will see 600 nine to 15-year-olds from the Bradford district enjoy a range of activities and interactive demonstrations over two fun-filled weeks.

New attractions for this year include a visit to police training facilities at Carr Gate in Wakefield and team building exercises courtesy of the Army. Bradford University has also joined the programme to offer educational inputs.

PC Chris Cahill, who plays a key role in organising the event, said:

"The management team and our partners have yet again worked their socks off to create a fantastic programme of two weeks of fun, sporty and educational activities to suit all ages.

"We would also like to welcome our new partners on board and hope that they will find the camp a thoroughly worthwhile experience.

"It is important to give young people something to do in the summer holidays, as low level crime and anti-social behaviour can tend to peak during these times.

"Working with young people in this setting allows us to develop a relationship with our communities and promote trust and confidence in neighbourhood policing. It's a win-win for everyone."

Bradford College lecturer Nosheen Qamer, who also forms part of the management team, said:

"The college is proud to be part of this project and our work with the police and partners continues to have a positive impact on Bradford.

"Taking part in the summer camp allows the youngsters to develop skills that will help them apply for jobs in the future. It also encourages them to start thinking of what they would like to do after their GCSEs."

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said:

"Projects like the Police Summer Camp are a perfect example of why all the money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act in West Yorkshire should remain in our county to enable such a positive programme of youth engagement.

"Currently Government retains half of these funds and I am campaigning to change this, so we can continue to help exciting and worthwhile initiatives such as this. So far this year I've managed to award more than £400,000 to nearly 90 groups and organisations throughout West Yorkshire.

"The joint team who make this Summer Camp happen are a real inspiration to our young people in Bradford. I was able to meet many of them in person following the success of last year, and I put my full support behind this year's event which I'm sure will be another great experience for all those involved."

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