Po­lice join kids for Skate Fest

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

South and Port Hed­land skate parks were re­cently over­run by young peo­ple keen to learn new skills and tricks in a se­ries of work­shops with Freestyle Now.

Held over three days, the North West Skate Fest at­tracted dozens of young­sters who stunned crowds with a show­case of com­mu­nity spirit and tal­ent.

Town of Port Hed­land Mayor Camilo Blanco said it was a joy to wit­ness the par­tic­i­pants gain con­fi­dence and im­prove their skills in a safe, en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

“Shaun, Kieran and Dy­lan from Freestyle Now put on an amaz­ing event. Their abil­ity to re­late to the youth and gain their re­spect from the start set a ter­rific prece­dent for the week­end,” he said.

South Hed­land Po­lice Sta­tion’s com­mu­nity re­la­tions of­fi­cers at­tended the event over two days, en­gag­ing with the youth in a pos­i­tive and in­ter­ac­tive set­ting.

South Hed­land Se­nior Sergeant Al­lan Jane said it was in­vig­o­rat­ing for po­lice of­fi­cers to see chil­dren en­joy­ing them­selves in a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

“The en­ergy and ath­leti­cism of the chil­dren put many of the adults to shame and a great time was had by all,” he said.

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of two youth in­ter­ven­tion of­fi­cers at South Hed­land Po­lice Sta­tion, we hope to see greater com­mit­ment.”

The spe­cialised po­lice unit joined the Pil­bara District Po­lice force for the first time ear­lier this year with four youth in­ter­ven­tion of­fi­cers sta­tioned in Kar­ratha and an­other two in South Hed­land.

The of­fi­cers have been proac­tively work­ing along­side the CROs, with a spe­cific fo­cus on youth.

Sen. Sgt. Jane said feed­back from chil­dren and par­ents had been ex­cep­tional, with chil­dren re­port­ing they en­joyed the events.

He said the ini­tia­tive was a com­mit­ment to build­ing stronger ties and give the chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to see po­lice of­fi­cers as peo­ple.

Pic­ture: JD Hardie Youth Zone

A packed crowd en­joyed the North West Skate Fest.

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