Norfolk Constabulary prepare for The Royal Norfolk Show

The Mitsubishi Evo. PHOTO: Norfolk Constabulary

The Mitsubishi Evo. PHOTO: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Archant

As the Royal Norfolk Show approaches, officers and staff from across Norfolk Constabulary are preparing their stands ready to inform and advise members of the public.

Several police units will be taking part this year including Roads Policing officers who will be unveiling a new vehicle which has been donated to the Constabulary by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in Norwich and Norfolk.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of Roads Policing, said: 'We're delighted to be returning to the Norfolk Show this year and I expect the Evo will attract a lot of attention, but that's the whole idea. It acts as a conversation starter, giving officers the chance to talk about road safety, their role, and what happens when things go wrong.'

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ400 will be used to break down barriers with young drivers and help officers deliver life-saving road safety advice.

The Evo has been donated to the force for two years for the purpose of engaging with motorists around road safety – young drivers in particular.

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Complete with police livery and interior blue lights,it will be at the forefront of police engagement and education with young drivers under the #Evo999 hashtag.

Young drivers are disproportionately represented in fatal and serious collision statistics; in Norfolk over the last five years 47 young drivers have lost their lives while 535 suffered serious injury.

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The Mitsubishi Evo will be used at events such as the Royal Norfolk Show and taken to areas where car enthusiasts are known to gather. The car will also be taken to schools and colleges throughout the county, taken to events/areas which are likely to draw crowds of young people.

Also in attendance this year will be officers from our Specialist Operations Unit including trained firearm officers and our fully qualified drone pilots.

The firearm officers will be on hand to highlight the importance of gun safety, their uses within the police and how difficult it is to tell the difference between a real and imitation firearm. While the drone pilots will be showcasing the tools available to them in searching for missing people, obtaining crime scene photography and investigating crime .

Sergeant Danny Leach of the Drone unit, who will be displaying the unmanned aerial systems (UAS), said: 'I firmly believe the drones represent the future partnership of technology and policing. The drones have already proved their worth in terms of finding missing people and investigating crime and its capability will only develop in time.

'I think you will be surprised about how much the drone can do and how the police use it on a daily basis. Come and see me in the Emergency Service Village to see our full kit and what it's capable of!'

Also at the Emergency Service Village this year will be stalls from our mounted section, dog unit, broads beat and our cadets – We look forward to seeing you there!

The Royal Norfolk Show is on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June 2017 and officers will be there on both days to answer any questions you may have.

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