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Wolves players team up with police and fire services

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WARRINGTON Wolves teamed up with police officers and firefighters to learn about the work the two services do for the Warrington community.

The squad from Warrington Wolves went on patrol with officers from Warrington Local Policing Unit and joined firefighters from Warrington Fire Station.

They took part in fire training, community safety and recruitment activities as well as helping deliver home safety information to local residents. The first-team players then met local police officers and experienced an afternoon on patrol in the town centre, engaged with young offenders, took part in a knife sweep and visited the custody suites.

Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane then greeted the head coach Steve Price at Stockton Heath Police Station along with the Chief Constable Darren Martland.

The visits were part of the club’s 36-hour Christmas community challenge where the players competed against the clock to help numerous charity projects across Warrington in order to raise money for charity.

Mr Martland said: “The visit from players at Warrington Wolves has been a great opportunity for them to see first-hand the valuable work our colleagues do on the front line every single day.
“Our officers and staff work incredibly hard to protect vulnerable members of the local community. We are grateful for the support that organisations like Warrington Wolves give the Constabulary, in helping us build stronger closer communities.

“I know the policing team at Warrington were thrilled to meet the players as many of them are big Wolves fans. I hope the players enjoyed going out on patrol and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Cheshire’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gus O’ Rourke, said: “We already have well established links with Warrington Wolves through our support for the Wolves Foundation and shirt sponsorship of the women’s, girls, and disability teams, so I’m obviously pleased that we had another opportunity to work together here.

“Our crews do a huge amount for the local community, and I’m sure a few eyes were opened when they were able to see up close the important role we play in keeping the public safe. We put them through their paces too with a few exercises and I hope they had fun, while also learning, along the way.”

Mr Keane added: “Warrington Wolves players are looked up to by many local people so it’s important they have a good understanding of the issues that are affecting our communities – from bullying in our schools to knife crime on our streets.”

Pictured (left to right) David Keane, head coach Steve Price, Darren Martland and Superintendent of Warrington Local Policing Unit Martin Cleworth.

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