Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bedfordshire Police Engagement Road Show Visits Schools - Positive Response

Ten departments from Bedfordshire Police took part in the first schools road show trial last week which proved to be an instant hit with pupils and teachers alike.

The project, aimed at 11 to 15 year olds, reached 3000 young people as members of the  force were welcomed by students and staff at the Barnfield South Academy, Cardinal Newman School, Putteridge High School and Lea Manor.

Members of the Local Policing Team were be joined by Roads Policing, Scenes of Crime Officers, Recruitment and other specialised departments from the force.

There was also a helping hand thanks to colleagues from Cambridge and Hertfordshire who supported the week by sending officers form the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Firearms Unit.

The aim of the initiative was to allow young people an insight in to the daily work of the police service, dispel any rumours or myths about how officers work, introduce young people to different areas of policing including specialist teams, and importantly, give an opportunity for members of Bedfordshire Police to learn from young people within our communities.

Children and Young People’s Development Officer, Richard Denton, said: “I think it is fair to say that this series of road shows have proven to be a huge success for everyone involved. The students were able to get a proper insight into what and how Bedfordshire Police works while officers had a great opportunity to engage with youngsters to learn what issues affect them every day. I’ve also been told that school staff and teachers were just as impressed with a number signing up to become members of the Special Constabulary.

“Subjects such as policing powers and policies used by officers, including stop and search, were all discussed with the young people and they were also shown the technology that is used by all departments to perform their daily tasks.

He added: “The Recruitment Team were also on hand at the road shows to provide a further insight in to careers available in the world of policing, so hopefully a number of people may consider getting involved within their community or perhaps pursue a career in the police service.”

While the students were given the opportunity to have a supervised look at all of the teams equipment, the Firearms Unit proved to be the most appealing but before anyone had a look, a presentation was carried out to demonstrate the dangers of carrying any weapon and the consequences this would lead to.

The students were then asked to look and handle a small selection of weapons – all deactivated and chained to a table – before making a decision on whether they were real or fake. This simple task highlighted the tough decisions our highly trained firearms offices have to make on a daily basis. It also provided an opportunity to show how a BB gun or replica weapon could easily be mistaken for a real one.

Inspector Hob Hoque from the Community Cohesion Team said: “This was a great event which has been fantastically received by everyone who attended. As officers we had an excellent opportunity to engage with youngsters not as victims or suspects of crime, but as individuals and this proved to be a huge success.

“While it was just a pilot scheme I think that the positive response will no doubt see the school road shows roll out across the county next year.”

For more information about joining Bedfordshire Police and the range of careers on offer, please visit or call 01234 842398.




Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Seven Cameras To Be Put Up On Dog Kennel Walk

Work is due to start to install new CCTV cameras along Dunstable’s Dog Kennel Walk.  The improvements, funded by Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices, are designed to improve safety and drive out crime and antisocial behaviour along the path, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 6.

Seven cameras will be installed, which should be fully operational by the end of February 2015, providing a solution which will use  a combination of existing circuits and secure wireless technology to send images to the control room.

Dog Kennel Walk  will remain open while the work takes place  but there may be some disruption  for a short period when the poles are erected.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
“‘The addition of CCTV to Dog Kennel Walk should help to make the route safer and more pleasant for residents to use, improving connectivity between Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the countryside beyond for walkers and cyclists."

Saturday, 25 October 2014

CBC Submit Plans to Deliver 31,000 New Homes To Meet Local Demand Up to 2031 -

On Friday 24th October 2014, The Council submitted the development plan for Central Bedfordshire and all of its supporting documents to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The plan sets out plans for delivering 31,000 new homes over the next 20 years and 27,000 jobs to meet local needs up to 2031.

The Council received more than 1600 individual comments to the most recent consultation which ran for eight weeks from 30th June to 26th August.  All of these responses will now be considered by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to determine whether the Plan is ‘sound’ and legally compliant.

What Happens Next?

It is expected that the Inspector will hold a Public Examination in spring 2015. Individuals who made objections and sought changes to the document during the formal consultation over the summer and requested to attend the hearings will be invited to attend the hearing sessions to present their argument to the Planning Inspector verbally.

For those who do not wish to attend the hearing sessions, the Planning Inspector will still consider their written comments.  All comments, whether made in writing or verbally at the hearings, will carry the same weight.

Further information will be available on a dedicated examination webpage which will be updated frequently as the examination proceeds. In addition we will be writing to respondents to notify them of the dates of the Examination when they have been set.

For more information about the Development Strategy and to see the Submission documents visit: Copies of the Submission documents can also be viewed at the Council's Offices in Priory House Chicksands and Watling House, Dunstable during opening hours.

Those consultees wanting to stay in touch can sign up to the council’s email bulletins at If you have any queries about the Development Strategy contact the Local Development team by email at or by calling 0300 300 4353.

Friday, 24 October 2014