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One week countdown to the Avon and Somerset Police HQ open day


Police HQ will open its doors to over 7,000 lucky ticket holders next Sunday 13 September for an action-packed day to celebrate the incredible work of young people across Avon and Somerset. 

Set to be the largest ever public police event in the force area, it will showcase inspirational individuals such as Verna Clifford, the Riding for the Disabled national champion for the past three years.  Verna and her team from Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled will demonstrate how it is possible to perform dressage without sight. 

Other highlights include young designers from Creative Youth Network who are upcycling old police uniforms for a fashion show; a display from the force’s canine officers who willchase down villains and sniff out hidden targets; and a mounted section demonstration from thehorses in action. 

The event will also be a chance for young people to give their views on policing and the crimes they most want the police to tackle.  

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s a privilege to be showcasing the talent and skills of our fantastic young people across Avon and Somerset.  From the talented horseriders at the Avon Riding Centre, to young designers of the Creative Youth Network; there’s something for everyone and I know families will have a great time.  My team will also be around on the day, so make sure you visit them and say hi.”    

Sarah Crew, Assistant Chief Constable says: “The open day is a celebration of all that is positive, creative, innovative and talented in the young people of Avon and Somerset. We have been delighted by how enthusiastic people are to be part of the day - 350 tickets were snapped up in the first 10 minutes! 

 “Alongside the fun activities, we are committed to understanding and professionalising our response to young people so there will be the opportunity for them to give their views on policing and how we can work better together."

The open day is a ticketed event and all 7,000 tickets were quickly claimed but people can still get involved with activity as it unfolds by following @ASPoliceLIVE and using #ASPopenday.  

The open day is at Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8QJ, from 10am – 5pm. More details are available at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/openday including how ticket holders can get to the event, car park details and a full schedule of events.

Posted on Friday 4th September 2015
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