Politicians asked to say NO to Hate crime

April 28th, 2015 by

With the General Election nearly upon us, politicians from all parties have an opportunity to tell us how they will tackle discrimination and hate incidents and crimes.

In March, all of the major political parties were written to, and invited to encourage their candidates to support the Safer Cornwall ‘Say NO to hate’ campaign.












“ I was going to the shop in my wheelchair when a group of people spat at me and called me names, this hurt my feelings.”

“ I was on Facebook when I saw racist comments on a friend’s page and this offended me.”

“ I was at a nightclub when someone hit me and shouted verbal abuse about the colour of my skin.”

“ I saw an adoption poster covered in graffiti saying horrible things about same sex couples adopting children.”


Hate crime in any form is wrong but if it goes unchallenged, it will continue to happen. That is why it is important that if you experience, see or know about hate crime in your community, you should report it.

We all need to say NO to hate.




Did you know? Safer Cornwall conducts Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)

April 28th, 2015 by

In 2011, Safer Cornwall became responsible for undertaking Domestic Homicide Reviews

This responsibility applies when the death of a person living in Cornwall aged 16 or over, has or appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone she/he had been in an intimate relationship with.

The purpose of a domestic homicide review is to consider the circumstances that led to the death and identify where responses to the situation could be improved in the future. In so doing, the lessons learned will be taken on board by the professionals and agencies involved, such as the police, social services, councils, and other community based organisations.


Richard Lander school and safe teenage relationships

April 26th, 2015 by

Richard lander

Thanks to funding from Duchy Health Charity.




The SAFE Project has delivered a course of 3 x 1 hour lessons which have focussed on the following issues:

  • Patterns of abuse within teenage relationships, particularly risk-taking behaviour involving social media, sexual stereotyping, safer use of alcohol and drugs in recognising the dis-inhibiting effects they have on the body.
  • The sexualisation and pornification of society which can include pressures to take part in online bullying, sexual bullying, sexting, image sharing and the potential legal implications of such behaviour.
  • Rape and Sexual violence prevention was also covered – discussing consent and what prevents it being given. Also looking at the implications of conviction for such offences and future prospects and not least the impact on the victim and their well-being going forward.

All the students showed great maturity and insight in the discussions that have taken place and it has been reassuring that the students at Richard Lander appear to be well-equipped to secure healthy relationships going forward. They have been forthcoming in sharing issues that concern them and the ways in which school and organisations such as our can contribute further to keeping them safe.


Phoenix team up with Princes Trust

April 26th, 2015 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Team Programme is a 13 week personal development programme which aims to increase confidence, motivation and skills and as a result enable young people to move into employment, education, training, volunteering or apprenticeships.



 What’s in it for me?

  • Gain new skills and qualifications
  • Mix with new people and make new friends
  • It won’t cost you anything and you won’t lose your benefits
  • A better chance of moving into a job, education or training
  • Help with job-hunting and writing your CV
  • The chance to make a difference in your community
  • And most importantly – A big boost to your confidence and a real sense of achievement!

What happens on the course?

If you sign up for the Team programme, you’ll be joining a group of up to 14 young people for your 13 week programme. Amongst other things you will:

  • Take on community projects of your choosing
  • Take part in an exciting, action-packed residential week
  • Get two weeks’ work experience in a field you are interested in
  • Take part in an exciting team challenge

Is the Team programme for people like me?

If you are 16 – 25, yes! It’s free and will not affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The Team programme is also available for employees who would like a chance to develop new interpersonal skills to improve long-term career prospects.

We are currently recruiting for our next team programme in Penzance, for more information please click here


Learn 2 Live initiative seeks new speakers

April 26th, 2015 by


Learn to Live

Watch Manager Martyn Addinall


Learn 2 Live is a powerful, thought provoking initiative, designed to target young driver and passenger casualties in Cornwall. Since it started in Cornwall six years ago, thousands of young and pre-drivers have attended Learn 2 Live.

The Learn 2 Live programme is based on a short DVD showing a group of friends being involved in a collision and the emergency services arriving. As each agency arrives at the scene, the DVD is paused and a member of that particular emergency service enters the stage to give their chilling account of attending the scene of a road traffic collision.

These accounts are then followed by a volunteer family member who has lost a loved one in a road traffic collision telling their story of the circumstances of their loss and the devastating affect that this has had on their life.

Tamsin Ferris, Road Safety Officer, says: “Through Learn 2 Live, young drivers and passengers witness how a collision occurs, the devastation that follows, and how the lives of all the professionals, and in particular family members, are affected. This highly impactful programme helps young drivers to think about the facts, consequences, and what they can do in order to avoid being involved in a road traffic collision.”

The Learn 2 Live program relies on volunteer speakers who have been involved in attending road traffic collisions, sharing their personal experiences with students; the Prevention, Protection and Road Safety Team are seeking new speakers to ensure the programme’s future. If you are interested in becoming involved in Learn 2 Live, please contact Paula Wellings, Casualty Reduction Manager on 07891 840493 or email pwellings@cornwall.gov.uk.


Have your say on crime

April 26th, 2015 by

Take our survey and let us know what you think about crime in Cornwall.

Safer Cornwall and Devon and Cornwall Police are once again giving the public the opportunity to ‘Have your say’ through a joint survey to measure how safe people feel living in Cornwall, and to identify the issues that concern them most.

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The survey results will be compared with last years results and the knowledge gained will be included in the strategic assessment of community safety issues that Safer Cornwall undertakes annually. The Safer Cornwall Strategic Assessment provides a profile of crime and disorder in Cornwall, identifies high-risk people and places, considers future threats and opportunities and the actions that Safer Cornwall and partners are taking to tackle the issues identified.

Members of the public are being encouraged to take part in the survey which is being conducted by Police staff throughout March. The survey only takes a couple of minutes, and you can take the survey online here, or by Paper copies of the survey are also available by calling 0300 1234 232.


Novell Psychoactive Substances (also known as legal highs)

April 26th, 2015 by

Novell Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are more commonly know as ‘legal highs’ although, the name legal highs is misleading. 

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Legal Highs’ are substances which produce the same, or similar effects, to drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, but are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. They are considered illegal to sell, supply or advertise for “human consumption” under current medicines legislation. To get round this sellers will refer to them as research chemicals, plant food, bath crystals or pond cleaner. There are a large number of legal highs, but here are a  few key facts:

  • Just because a drug is legal to possess, it doesn’t mean it’s safe.

•    It is becoming increasingly clear that ‘legal highs’ are far from harmless and can have similar health risks to drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and speed.

•    Risks of ‘legal highs’ can include reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, excited or paranoid states, coma, seizures, and death.

•    These risks are increased if used with alcohol or other drugs.

•    It is likely that drugs sold as a ‘legal high’ may actually contain one or more substances that are actually illegal to posses. What you may think is a legal high that you can’t get in trouble for having, could be something completely different, and in fact a class B drug.

Addaction are now offering specific services to help support users of NPS as well as helping to support families and affected others.


They are holding awareness sessions looking at the different substances and their effects as well as offering harm reduction advice within a therapeutic environment. They also now have specific evening sessions via supper clubs using peer mentoring and mutual aid support, so people can share their experiences of these substances.

We are trying to change the unhealthy risky behaviours of drug use, to more adrenaline fueled challenges by offering diversionary activities like coasteering, and are working with outdoor activity centres to develop a calendar of activities.

We also have affected others groups running across the county so families and loved ones can share their experiences and give each other support.

 Addaction can be contacted 24 hours a day on 0333 2000 325

Read more on legal highs.

Click here for advice and help


UK’s first Tri Service Safety Officer

April 26th, 2015 by

Hayle has achieved a UK first as it becomes home to the country’s only tri-service safety operator, trained to deal with crime, casualties and fire and rescue situations.

Andy Hitchens, the new tri-service safety officer at Hayle. PZGM20150417C-001_C

Andrew Hichens, is the UK’s first tri-service safety officer – he is a qualified on call firefighter, an ambulance service emergency first responder, and has also been trained in specific crime and disorder duties as well.

Andrew, who has been an on call firefighter at Camborne Community Fire Station for the last eight years, has joined emergency responders from the three services and began working from the Hayle Tri-Service Centre in March, giving the town and surrounding communities greater protection.

An important part of his role will be to help members of the community to keep themselves safe by working with local groups to spread safety messages. He will also report to Hayle Town Council keeping local councillors informed on incidents involving the emergency services.

Employed by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, his role has been funded as part of a two-year Government pilot aimed at strengthening collaboration between blue light services.


Anti-social Behaviour ? Report it – Stop it

April 26th, 2015 by

One of the biggest problems that affects communities locally in Cornwall is anti-social behaviour.


Anti-social Behaviour covers a wide range of acts that can include verbal abuse, vandalism, joyriding, noise nuisance, criminal damage, assault, throwing missiles, underage drinking, engaging in threatening behaviour in groups or harassment of residents or passers-by.

Every week new acts of anti-social behaviour are reported, but despite these reports many cases remain unreported with people forced to put up with behaviour that can blight all areas of personal and community life.

Safer Cornwall is committed to helping people who are suffering form anti-social behaviour. There are many different solutions, however the most fundamental one, is for communities to work together, and report the minority who are causing the problems. Then the authorities have the information required to use a range of new powers to  stop the behaviour.

So to stop it – report it – you should  report it direct to the Police if it is going on now, or you can report it here if it is an ongoing issue.


Work experience students given a week to remember!

April 26th, 2015 by

Three students from Penryn College took part in a week of work experience with the Fire Service at the end of March. The students, Tom Altenberg, Cavanaugh Gerred-Hart and Jago Chenoweth enjoyed a week of getting an idea of the varied work carried out by the service.

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Firefighter Matt Riches, work experience students Tom Altenberg and Cavanaugh Gerred-Hart with Crew Manager Tom Randall.










The activities they undertook included spending two days at Truro fire station where they took part in team building activities; met Fire Control; took part in Aerial Ladder Platform activities; met Nelson and Archie the fire dogs and learnt about the role the Fire Service play in a road traffic collision.

The students spent a day with Phoenix Services where they took part in hose drills and experienced being inside the smoke chamber with breathing apparatus. Falmouth Fire Station kindly hosted the students for a water safety demonstration covering rescuing people from water, mud and other hazards.

Camborne Fire Station staged a line rescue to demonstrate how they may rescue someone who had become trapped in a mineshaft and experienced an extraction demonstration which was followed by the students getting to try out the equipment involved.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: