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Police chiefs launch Portsmouth to Liverpool yacht race challenge

By Kelly Field - August 16th, 2022 | Posted in News No comments

THE Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Serena Kennedy, has challenged three other forces to take to the seas for a Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) yacht race round the coast of England later this year.

Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and Greater Manchester forces are set to race from Portsmouth Harbour to Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock onboard our four 72ft Challenger yachts in October.

The challenge aims to inspire young people in the forces’ local communities as they will form part of the sailing crew for the race, which starts on Sunday 22 October and finishes on the River Mersey on Friday 28 October.

The project will be funded by money confiscated from criminals.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:

I think it’s really important we recognise the impact crime can have on certain communities, on certain young people, on families, individuals. This is all about how we can take this money away from criminals and turn it into something really positive.

This is why I really welcome this project. I think the young people that you speak to are really excited. They’re really looking forward to getting involved. They’re going to get skills, experience, and qualifications out of it. So, it’s a really good story in terms of how to turn something quite negative into something really positive.
Read the story in full and hear from Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy and TSYT Youth Development and Volunteer Manager here.

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