Carry on Cop Swapping…

CopSwapA popular and effective scheme that encourages young people to interact with Eastleigh’s Police Officers has been given the funds that it needed to continue.

As we reported in Will Cop Shop be forced to drop Cop Swap?, Cop Swap cards are a variation of the well known and popular Top Trumps card game, featuring local Police Officers. Eastleigh’s Police Officers take those cards with them when on patrol and can distribute them to the young people who approach them. The scheme is now several years old, stocks of cards were low and money to produce new cards was proving hard to find.

During the Summer, Eastleigh Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team managed to secure some funds which has allowed the scheme to continue in Eastleigh.

New cards have been produced and are already being issued.

Police Sergeant Chris Spellerberg, leader of the Eastleigh Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team, told Eastleigh News;

We have a new stock of up to date Cop Swap cards. We had these in time for Mardi Gras weekend and they went down well.

There are 20 new cards to collect, covering all ranks and including Officers who have joined the Eastleigh Safer Neighbourhoods Team since the original cards were produced. 

Each of the cards detail the Officers name, rank and number and rate their “Pedal Power”, “Problem Solving Ability”, “Agility” and “Strength”. The Officers “Top tips” and “Enjoyable roles” are also listed. 

Some of the Officers, those who patrol on bicycle, can also be followed via Twitter #fedsonpeds.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.