PSNI make a splash with Halloween Youth Challenge

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
South Down Neighbourhood Team are helping young people in Warrenpoint and Rostrevor make the right choices with the Halloween Youth Challenge. Run in partnership with Newtown Road/Villas Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, the challenge is funded by the PSNI’s Assets Recovery Incentivisation Scheme which sees the proceeds of crime invested back into the community. Twenty teenagers from Warrenpoint and Rostrevor are taking part in the Halloween Challenge. The Challenge is made up of three days of activities, taking place throughout September and October, and culminating with a survival challenge and overnight camp on Halloween. The first activity day took place at the beginning of September and participants took part in canoeing, banana boating, jet skiing, pier jumping, zip lining and team building exercises. Constable Stewart Finn, South Down NPT, said: “The first activity day was a real success and all the young people seemed to enjoy taking part and working together. We introduced the challenge to young people in the area to help them find a positive role in their own communities. “Many young people struggle to find their place in their society and this scheme is about encouraging our local youths to make the most of life and its opportunities. The days out help us to build relationships with the youths in a relaxed environment and encourage them to share their worries and concerns.” He added, “It also gives us an opportunity to show them where they can get help if they need it and point them in the right direction for advice and guidance. Overall, we hope the Halloween Challenge will help our young people become strong, independent individuals who will make the right choices in life. “We hope they will learn what the consequences of antisocial and criminal behaviour can be and avoid this to concentrate on making their community safer for everyone.”
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