Community safety news

Northamptonshire Police are recruiting...


Do you Fit the Bill?  The Police are running a recruitment campaign to encourage people to join the Force.  The Police recruitment website (opens in new window) gives more detail, summarising some of the work they get involved in and the benefits.  There's also a great video which shows some of the Officers undertaking their many and varied roles. 

Stay safe by staying off frozen water

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Police are urging people to stay safe by staying off frozen water.  A number of lakes and reservoirs may freeze and, whilst they may look enticing as a skating opportunity, the ice is a very dangerous place.  Most reservoirs have a shelving slope before they drop off into deeper water and it's extremely dangerous if people venture on to ice not knowing how deep the water is below them and particularly how thick or, in most cases, how thin the ice is they are standing on.

Dog owners must be careful around frozen water and not throw sticks or balls onto ice. Should a dog go onto the ice and get into difficulty don't attempt to carry out a rescue. 

Safety advice - what to do if you see someone fall through the ice.  

Never venture onto frozen ponds and lakes, no matter how safe it looks

Shout for assistance and send for the emergency services - call 999 or 112 - it's a free call from any phone

Shout to the casualty to keep still

Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, a tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else that extends your reach

When reaching from the bank, lie down to avoid being pulled onto the ice

If you cannot reach them, slide something that floats like a rescue buoy across the ice for them to hold on to stay afloat

If the casualty is out of reach, wait for the emergency services while calming and reassuring them.

If you have been able to rescue the casualty from the ice:

Make sure the ambulance is on its way

Lay them flat, check their breathing and pulse and begin resuscitation if necessary

Prevent them from getting colder by putting them in a sleeping bag or covering them including their head, with blankets or spare clothing

Get them under shelter out of the cold

Do not undress them until the casualty is in a warm place 

Do not rub their skin, apply hot water or give an alcoholic drink

Keep them wrapped up so that they warm up gradually

If you fall through the ice:

Keep calm and call for help

If no help is available spread your arms across the surface of the ice

If the ice is strong enough kick your legs and slide onto the ice

Lie flat and pull yourself to the bank

If the ice is very thin, break it in front of you and make your way to the shore

If you cannot climb out, wait for help keeping as still as possible

Press your arms by your side and keep your legs together

Once you are safe, go to hospital immediately for a check-up.  

What is modern slavery?

Slavery in the 21st century is often enforced by threats to the individual, coercion, abduction, fraud and deception. Victims range from men and women to children; they can be of all ages and backgrounds.

There are a number of signs that may indicate someone is the victim of slavery:

  • Abuse or malnourishment

  • Appears to be under the influence of others   

  • No access to identification documents

  • Living in overcrowded accommodation

  • Paid little or no money, less than the National Minimum Wage

  • Work long hours over long periods, with no time off

  • Forced to work in inadequate conditions

The Emergency Services in Northamptonshire have produced a short film showing some of the signs that may indicate victims of modern slavery (opens in new window).

The CrimeStoppers webpages on modern slavery (opens in new window) give more information on the different types of slavery and other possible signs to look out for.