In cooperation with Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Cookstown Neighbourhood Policing Team has come up with a novel and eye-catching idea to communicate important safety messages to the public when out and about.
The team came up with the idea of using giant fridge magnets to promote messages such as ‘One Punch can Kill’, ‘Never, Ever Drink and Drive’ and to encourage the public to download the Mid Ulster PCSP ‘Safer U App’.
The magnetic signs make best use of the PSNI fleet and can be attached to unmarked police vehicles while they are parked up at public events. The signs are reflective so they can be easily seen in the dark.
The Team is also using sandwich boards, funded by Mid Ulster PCSP, outside various nightclubs and pubs in the Cookstown area to remind revellers about using fake ID.
Sergeant JP McCartan, Cookstown Neighbourhood Team, commented on the initiative: “Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. The magnetic signs and sandwich boards help us to get our key safety messages out to the community in a very visible and flexible way. We can easily interchange the signs and attach them to our vehicles, ensuring our messages are targeted to the appropriate audience.”
Councillor Ken Reid, Mid Ulster Policing and Community Safety Partnership Chair, said, “Mid Ulster PCSP is pleased to support this very effective and innovative way of displaying and promoting key community safety messages on police vehicles. We are also delighted to be able to promote the Mid Ulster Safer U app in this way. The Safer U app contains a great deal of useful information about community safety, crime, advice and support services in the area so I would encourage everyone to download it to their smart phone or other device”.
Download the ‘Safer U’ app from the Apple App store or Google Play store.