Gaming bus helps 'build relationships'

The bus at Sunnylands.
The bus at Sunnylands.

Young people from Carrick will be participating in a new programme this autumn following the success of a joint PSNI/PCSP initiative.

The ‘GodModex’ video gaming bus visited the town on two occasions last month.

Young people and police officers tried out the video games on-board.

Young people and police officers tried out the video games on-board.

It formed part of ongoing efforts by PSNI and the Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership to combat issues of anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and criminal damage over the summer months.

The bus provides entertainment to all ages through video games. It also has its own sound system that can also be used for karaoke.

A spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim PCSP said: “All the sessions went really well, with good opportunity for conversations with young people, Bytes Detached youth workers and the PSNI.”

The bus was packed for the first session at Sunnylands Community Centre car park on August 17 . “We had two PSNI officers join us and had a number of the Bytes Detached Youth Work team as well,” the spokesperson added.

“Some of the young people from Sunnylands have built relationships with the Bytes team and will be engaging in a 6-8 weeks youth work programme in the autumn.”

The second session took place on August 25 at Marine Gardens car park.

“We had a great group of people join us for some video games and free pizza with the police,” the spokesperson said.