THE police have again launched a project to provide river and canal trips for young people.
As part of its schools programme, the West Yorkshire force is providing the trips for the third year running, in conjunction with the Safe Anchor Trust charity.
Throughout the autumn, youngsters aged seven to 11 from West Yorkshire schools and youth groups will enjoy waterways between Mirfield and Skipton.
The trust has three boats, which will operate the excursions from Shepley Bridge marina at Mirfield.
Youth and schools liaison officer Pc John Simpson organises the group trips.
He said: "It's a great opportunity for the young people to take part in a number of educational activities while having a fun day out.
"The scheme provides valuable lessons about caring for the environment, each other and the communities they live in."
While on the boats, the young youngsters take part in tasks, such as working canal locks, and learn about topics like water safety and environmental issues.
The trust's founder, Les Moss, said: "We take about 1,500 kids out a year with summer term, summer holiday and autumn schemes.
"We aim to give access to waterways to people who wouldn't normally get a chance to enjoy them."