Police join kids for Skate Fest

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

South and Port Hedland skate parks were recently overrun by young people keen to learn new skills and tricks in a series of workshops with Free-style Now.

Held over three days, the North West Skate Fest attracted dozens of youngsters who stunned crowds with a showcase of community spirit and talent.

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said it was a joy to witness the participants gain confidence and improve their skills in a safe, encouraging and supportive environment.

“Shaun, Kieran and Dylan from Freestyle Now put on an amazing event. Their ability to relate to the youth and gain their respect from the start set a terrific precedent for the weekend,” he said.

South Hedland Police Station’s community relations officers attended the event over two days, engaging with the youth in a positive and interactive setting.

South Hedland Senior Sergeant Allan Jane said it was invigorating for police officers to see children enjoying themselves in a positive environment.

“The energy and athleticism of the children put many of the adults to shame and a great time was had by all,” he said.

“With the introduction of two youth intervention officers at South Hedland Police Station, we hope to see greater commitment.”

The specialised police unit joined the Pilbara District Police force for the first time earlier this year with four youth intervention officers stationed in Karratha and another two in South Hedland.

The officers have been proactively working alongside the CROs, with a specific focus on youth.

Sen. Sgt. Jane said feedback from children and parents had been exceptional, with children reporting they enjoyed the events.

He said the initiative was a commitment to building stronger ties and give the children the opportunity to see police officers as people.

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