On patrol at Langwarrin skate park
The Frankston STOP team recently stopped by at the skate park at Langwarrin.
There, they were able to have a chat to local youths using the park.
The skate park at Langwarrin is a very popular stop for local youth - it's a place they use to hang out. It is also a great place for our local STOP team to engage with young people, and help break down barriers.
It's a good opportunity for the police just to have a chat with young people about the skate park and the types of bikes the kids ride, to get to know the locals and build relationships. With the better weather (hopefully) coming soon, our STOP teams in Frankston and the Peninsula will be visiting all the skate parks in the region - together with our shopping centres and the beach areas - and speaking with our young ones.
Personally, I think it is very important to be able engage with local youth in a positive manner and help build trust.
Often, the only time youths deal with the police is when they get arrested or are in trouble. To be able to just hang out in their environment and have a chat and a positive experience is very important.
It helps our kids learn that the local police are approachable.
I also think it's equally beneficial for our police officers to have positive interaction with local youth, to help balance their perceptions.
I would be interested in you views. What do you think?