North Yorkshire Police is this week launching the 'Be Informed' email and text scheme in Ryedale as part of efforts to reduce antisocial behaviour incidents in the local area.
The service, in partnership with Ryedale District Council, is designed to inform parents and carers, via text message and email, of any anti-social behaviour incidents in the local area that officers are attending. If their children are out at the time, parents and carers can then use this text as a trigger to contact their children, check their whereabouts, make sure they are ok and reassure themselves that they are not involved in the incident.
The service previously ran in York and Selby and is soon to be relaunched in these areas too. It is run through the North Yorkshire Community Messaging system. In Ryedale, the scheme covers Malton, Norton, Pickering, Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside.
To sign up, you first need to create an account on the North Yorkshire Community Messaging Website.
If you already have an account, then you just need to email: BeInformed@northyorkshire.police.uk with the following information:
The name of the area you live
The name/s of the area or areas your child frequents
A member of the team will then confirm by email that you are successfully signed up.
Ryedale Neighborhood Policing Sergeant, Paul Gibson-Hodges said:
“We know the Be Informed scheme has been effective in other parts of North Yorkshire and we hope that by introducing it in Ryedale we can not only deal with antisocial behaviour incidents more quickly, but it can also offer peace of mind to parents and carers in the local area."
“We know parents and carers want the best for their children and do everything they can to make sure any slip in behaviour doesn’t end up having serious consequences on their child’s future. But sometimes, keeping up with kids and knowing where they are and what they are getting up to can be challenging and Be Informed can support parents in doing so."
“If my team attends an incident of antisocial behaviour in Pickering for example, we’ll send out a text and email to those registered for Be Informed who live nearby. They will receive an update on the incident and can then use this information to make contact with their child or children, find out where they are and be reassured they are okay. I’d really encourage our local parents and carers to get signed up today."
Margaret Wallace, Programme Director for People and Resources for Ryedale District Council said:
“Whilst it is parents and carers who have primary care for their children, local authorities, working with partner organisations and agencies, have specific duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. This scheme helps us meet that requirement, working in partnership with North Yorkshire Police to keep our children and neighborhoods safe. It’s a great scheme to reassure parents and carers and we very much support it.”