New Junior Safety Officers take up their role across Cheshire West

18 October 2016

Two events have taken place to sign up newly appointed Junior Safety Officers (JSOs) to help promote road, neighbourhood and personal safety.

Head teachers were asked to nominate two children from year 6 to take up the role in primary schools across the area.

Working in partnership, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Road Safety Officers and Cheshire Constabulary organised the special launch events in Winsford and Ellesmere Port.  The children, accompanied by parents, family members and representatives from each school, were presented with their JSO packs.

The overall aim of the initiative is to communicate messages regarding road safety, community safety and personal safety to all the pupils in each school, who will then, in turn, take home the safety messages to their families. 

The JSOs are tasked with highlighting different messages each month as well as organising competitions, setting up notice boards and also of thinking about new ways to promote safety issues to everyone they meet.

The first safety messages for October focus on ‘Be Bright Be Seen’, concentrating on wearing bright clothes throughout autumn and winter, and also hints and tips on how to stay safe when out and about for Halloween.

Other messages cover the Green Cross Code and internet safety amongst other useful safety advice that will be covered during the coming school year. 

During the launch each JSO received a handbook to record their work and these will be used to judge the JSO of the Year Award. 

In Winsford the JSOs were presented with their certificates and badges by Chief inspector Simon Meegan of Cheshire Constabulary and the Mayor and Mayoress of Ellesmere Port Cllr and Mrs Peter Rooney attended as special guests; Cllr Karen Shore and Chief Inspector Michael Evans presented the JSOs with their badges and certificates at the Ellesmere Port event.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: 
“The JSO initiative has proved to be a successful partnership between the Council, Cheshire Constabulary and our schools over a number of years with a huge take up again this year.  The children take their role very seriously and it is through them that the safety messages are promoted to everyone connected with their school.

“As in past years the children are excited to have been chosen to represent their school and are very keen to get started by thinking of ways that they can raise awareness of how to stay safer not just on the roads, on the internet and in their homes, but in many other areas as well.
"The JSO help us make a difference so that we make sure everyone stays safe and feels safe where they live.”

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