The police and public came together for a day of fun for all the family at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham last week.
Lincolnshire Police organised the Family Fun and Police Engagement day on Thursday, giving people the chance to find out more about the force’s traffic cars, motor bikes, CCTV unit, and road safety teams.
Mascot Bobby Bear was a big hit - especially his dancing - as were the variety of activities with archery lessons, inflatable climbing and circus workshops. A selection of local small businesses sold produce and volunteer groups like the 7th Grantham Scouts, ROCK and Grantham Rabbit Club were there. National charities present included the Terrance Higgins Trust and the Dogs Trust, who received £32 from a charity dog show organised by Ruff Diamonds dog training. Commentary for the dog show and a RTC demonstration by the fire brigade was provided by Gravity FM.
PCSO Matt Fromm, of Grantham NPT West, said: “Not only the event itself but the whole process of planning the day has been a great success. There is a lot that we can learn for future events and there are huge added positives because of the relationships we have been able to build with local businesses and voluntary organisations in the run- up to the day, as well as a great positive family event for people.”
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes said: “Our engagement day at Grantham really was a day of family fun. There was a whole host of activities for people to get involved with and we had a large police engagement area where we chatted to lots of people about what we do, how we do it, and offered advice on topics such as crime prevention.
“I’m so pleased that so many people attended. Not least because it’s lovely to see communities coming together but because it’s a great opportunity for Lincolnshire Police, and myself as Chief Constable, to talk directly to people and really get chance to learn about the issues that are important to them.”
Also there was Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick, who added: “There was a good turnout to the Grantham engagement day and plenty of entertainment. The glorious weather also made it even more enjoyable and a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with lots of different individuals. The people of Grantham certainly know how to enjoy themselves; I wish I could have stayed longer!”