Kilburn officers congratulate pupils

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Kilburn officers went back to class to congratulate pupils on securing a national award for their work around sustainable travel.

Over a number of months, Safer Neighbourhood officers have been working closely with the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team to encourage pupils and parents to choose greener ways of getting to and from school.

This has included encouraging parents to leave their cars at home, scoot to school days, along with taking steps to improve road safety by targeting issues such as responsible parking and speeding.

Following their work, PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley were awarded with a national award to recognise their contribution to promoting sustainable travel during a Modeshift ceremony in November last year.

PC Neil Hopwell attended Kilburn Infants School’s award assembly on Friday, February 6, to celebrate with the children as they were awarded with the national Modeshift Sustainable Travel and Recognition for Schools Award (STARS).

PC Hopwell teamed up with Senior Transport Officer Rob Bounds during the assembly to highlight the benefits of police teaming up with schools, parents and children to make the roads safer by encouraging sustainable travel.

PC Neil Hopwell from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It was fantastic to be invited back to the school to see them being awarded with the bronze STARS award for their hard work and dedication to sustainable travel.

“By working alongside our partners we can really help to make a positive difference in the community. Not only does the work help to promote greener ways of getting to and from school, it also helps us to target any concerns of road safety by listening to the concerns from pupils and parents.

“I look forward to working closely with the schools in the future so that can continue to make a difference and improve road safety.”

Kilburn Infant School Headteacher, Joanne Baillie, said: “We are delighted to receive the bronze STARS award and will carry on working hard to encourage children to travel to school in safe, healthy and environmentally friendly ways.

“It has been great to have the support of PC Hopwell and PSCO Midgley from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team who have helped reinforce the message by visiting our school and working with us to encourage parents to either walk or park responsibly.”

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.