On Saturday 9th March 2013 from 5pm, 150 young people from across the Humberside Police area took part in the Humberside Police Night Challenge competition.  Teams departed from Hull Ionians at fifteen minute intervals throughout the night until midnight; completing an 11.5 mile hike across East Riding through, Welton, Elloughton and Brantingham Dale.

Teams consisted of members aged between 13 to 17 years and after undergoing orienteering training they had the opportunity to put their newly acquired skills into practice taking on challenging terrain and set challenges en-route.

The event was made possible through principal sponsorship from the High Sheriffs’ and Humberside Police Tribune Trust
Superintendent Samantha Manning, Head of the Community Safety Unit said, “Humberside Police is committed to the Night Challenge event as it introduces strengths and skills to the young people taking part who will learn a great deal from the experience. To make the event possible we have been working alongside our partners and volunteers from across the Police, Fire Service and the challenge providers who will positively engage with over 150 young people who have not actively been involved in outdoor activities before, giving them a unique experience completing the course and challenges along the way.”

Night Challenge has now been included within the remit of the Humberside Police Community Safety Unit’s Youth Engagement Team, who are responsible for bringing the highly successful Lifestyle and Rock Challenge youth initiatives to the force.  The Night Challenge now adds a third dimension to the youth engagement portfolio offering young people a real sense of adventure and to learn to respect others and the countryside.

Night Challenge is planned in association with the Humberside Police Community Safety Unit’s Youth Engagement Team, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Humberside Police Scenes of Crime Unit, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Environment Agency, Houlton’s Building and Contractors and HALO and YALSAR. 

The overall aim is to encourage young people to work together as a team, in challenging conditions throughout the night in the countryside whilst attempting mental and physical tasks needing each team member to remain focussed whilst using a wide variety of skills in difficult and unusual circumstances.

As well as receiving basic map reading and navigation training each team was accompanied by a walking supervisor, who are volunteers from both Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, who gave advice and support if needed should any difficulties arise.  For many of the youngsters, it was the first time they have experienced the countryside.

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