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Scout badge inspires community safety scheme

Local Scouting has inspired a youth community safety award that could be rolled out across the UK.

Recently unveiled to Chief Police Officers at their national conference, The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award gives young people the opportunity to learn what to do in emergency situations such as severe weather, pandemics or power cuts.

It’s based on the Scout Community Safety Badge, which was developed in Cornwall by bodies including Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency, in conjunction with members of The Scout Association.

So far The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award has been awarded to more than 5,000 uniformed young people in the UK, plus Scouts from Hong Kong and Ghana – but it’s hoped it will be taken up by more than a million young people.

Cornwall Council’s Emergency Management Officer Tony Garvin said: 'I am delighted that what started out originally as a Community Safety Badge to help Scouts to develop a greater understanding of what to do in an emergency situation has developed into the wider Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award.'

Devon and Cornwall Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton has encouraged senior police officers to adopt the scheme across the UK: 'Young people in Cornwall have truly embraced this scheme and our vision now is to create a national award. There is the potential to reach 1.5 million uniformed young people to give them an understanding of what to do and how to provide essential community support during a major crisis.'


 

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