Our staff team are selected for their enthusiasm and motivation to help YP, those that don't need any encouragement to guide their YP around the timetabled programme joining in at every opportunity. They come from a range of roles, employed and voluntary, within West Yorkshire Police Service, Bradford College, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Places for People. All our staff and volunteers are vetted to the appropriate levels.
Chris Cahill & Nosheen Qamer, Project Managers
Chris Cahill started a ‘Fun Week’ in 2009 which focused on a small area in Bradford (BD4) with 40 attendees. He joined forces with Nosheen Qamer in 2010 and ‘The Police Summer Camp’ was born; it has developed in to a large, multi-agency operation covering the Bradford District taking on 1200 young people over a four week period.
Chris Cahill worked for West Yorkshire Police for seven years with the Bowling, Barkerend and Bradford Moor Neighbourhood Policing Team after leaving Bradford College's Public Services Department. Working as a frontline Police Community Support Officer he initially developed the original concept when he secured a small pot of funding to tackle anti-social behaviour in East Bowling. Since then, Chris has become a Police Constable.
Nosheen has worked at Bradford College for 12 years in a range of roles including Associate Lecturer and Curriculum Team Leader for the Public Services department. She has been involved with curriculum development, including validation of Higher Education (HE) provision, and delivers modules on courses designed for students working in, or wanting to work in, the public services. Including her role as an External Examiner to South Devon College, her work has involved a variety of scholarly activity and research. In recent years her academic focus has been on developing Employability skills in HE students. She is currently seconded to the Police Camps as a Project Manager.
Chris and Nosheen have also worked together on a number of other projects linking Employability modules to Neighbourhood Policing Teams to problem solve current community priorities. These projects use a mixture of classroom based and street level project work giving students a rare opportunity to work directly in the community with frontline public services.
Sharon Malone, Positive Engagement Leader
Sharon works for Places for People, a national housing provider, a key partner both for the Police Camps and the Neighbourhood Policing Teams on a daily basis. Her role involves tackling ASB, neighbour disputes and breaches of tenancy using both enforcement and reinforcement practices. Sharon and her organisation have supported the Police Camps since 2010 and have invested both money and staff in the camps. Sharon is a real believer in the success of the police camps in reducing Anti-social Behaviour and has been a key member of staff working closely with the most challenging young people.
Gill Tindall, Staff Manager
Gill has worked for Incommunities, a private housing association, for 29 years. She is currently a Neighbourhood Housing Manager which involves working with residents and partnering agencies. Gill and her organisation became involved with the Police Camps in 2012 by promoting the camps to residents who live within Incommunities properties and also investing money in the camps. Gill joined the management team for the camps in 2014 and along with her she brought staff from Open Fields and Neighbourhood Officers to support the camp. Since joining the team Gill has found that the good work which is developed with the Young People has had an impact within the neighbourhoods in tackling anti-social behavior. Gill has also developed a successful ‘mini- camps’ project.
Caroline Dennison, Lead Safeguarding Officer
Caroline works for Incommunities as a Tenancy Enforcement Officer. Since 2002, she investigate and prepares cases for the enforcement of Incommunities tenancy conditions. This includes carrying out investigations and enquiries into serious or persistent issues of nuisance and anti-social behaviour and harassment involving Incommunities' tenants and residents. Caroline has also led on award winning work on drug abuse and tenancy support.
Thomas Rhodes, Research and Development
Tom has worked for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) for 9 years across West Yorkshire and is now the Bradford District Prevention Manager. He oversees the delivery of the proactive Fire Prevention and Road Safety programme within the area. Tom is also the Safeguarding lead for the Service in Bradford and is involved in many multi-agency events and Partnership initiatives aimed at making Bradford communities safer.
Annaliese Emmerson, Volunteers Co-ordinator
Annaliese is a project and research officer and has worked with WYP for nearly 30 years, 10 of which were as a Special Constable, all in Bradford. She has responsibility for Police Support Volunteers and Community Volunteers across the Bradford District as well as identifying new ways of utilising volunteers. Annaliese’s role at Police Camps is to ensure that we have volunteers who are committed and enthusiastic as well as ensuring that they meet the high standards expected of people who work with the Police and College.