Cops donate old cars to student auto-mechanics

| 15/11/2012

automotive club 1 (252x300).jpg(CNS): A joint venture between the RCIPS and the education ministry’s after school programme (EASP) has resulted in a group of young would be car mechanics getting their hands on two old cop cars. The RCIPS recently donated two decommissioned police vehicles to the Automotive Club which is located at John Gray High School and Clifton Hunter High School. The club was launched in September last eyar and offers young people aged between 11 and 17 years the chance to learn about how cars work and safety issues relating to mechanics. There are around 50 students now attending the twice-weekly sessions.

The RCIPS has donated a 2004 Chevrolet Impala and a 2005 Ford Explorer to the club. The vehicles were decommissioned as part of the routine RCIPS fleet management programme. Normally the vehicles would be auctioned but following discussion with the leaders of the EASP, RCIPS management felt that the benefits to the club and local young people far outweighed those of selling them.

Chief Inspector Raymond Christian is delighted that the RCIPS could assist this worthwhile project. “This is a great example of how inter-agency collaboration can provide our young people with choices and better prepare them for the future,” he said.

“ Without this club, and the many other provided through the Extended After School Programme, some of these young people may spend their time wandering the streets or become tempted to get involved in criminality or anti-social behaviour. This club gives them a clear focus, provides them with valuable life skills and a great opportunity to develop and expand their interest in cars. But, above all, it provides a safe environment for the students to have fun while they learn.”

The Ministry of Education’s Programme Coordinator, Michael Myles said the EASP is a fantastic opportunity for children and their parents to be provided a safe, structured and caring environment. 

“Our partnership with the RCIPS has proved that when we work together, great things can be created for our children.  The EASP complements the Ministry of Education’s five year National Strategic Plan which is to ensure all of our children are provided with safer schools and activities.  On behalf of the Ministry, we thank all of our sponsors who continue to make this programme possible for all of our children,” he added.

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