TOP Super League rugby clubs and West Yorkshire Police have again joined forces in a countywide initiative to combat crime.
Following the success of the `Give It A Try' scheme three years ago, local clubs are again supporting a new series of rugby collector cards aimed at raising youth awareness of crime prevention and community safety.
This year the scheme combines `Target', West Yorkshire's most successful crime fighting initiative, with the forthcoming `Nuts' (Neighbours United Through Sport) campaign.
There will be 20 cards to collect, displaying a Great Britain rugby league player from past or present on one side, and messages addressing youth related issues and community policing on the reverse.
An estimated 200,000 cards will be distributed by Neighbourhood Watch members and Target Teams at local matches before the end of the season.
Recognised as a fun and interesting way to encourage crime prevention amongst young people, the `Give It A Try' scheme won a national Neighbourhood Watch award in October, 2000.
Community Partnership Officer Chris Joyce said: "The use of sporting heroes is an excellent way to get important messages across to the younger generation.
"The cards emphasise a range of social issues and encourage youngsters to join the community in the fight against crime."
Target Chief Inspector, Lorna Meredith, said: "Target is about fighting crime on behalf of all sections of the community. It's important that youngsters learn how to protect themselves and their property. We hope this scheme will help make the crime prevention message accessible to young people."
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