POLICE from Calderdale have been swapping their boots for walking shoes to help a young victim of crime.
Officers from the Calderdale District Safeguarding Unit took part in the Waggoners Walk to help a little boy whose case they worked on receive a trip to Florida.
They nominated him for the holiday to charity Child Victims of Crime.
Head of the team Detective Inspector Gail Lawrie said; “We are proud to carry the title and perform the role of specially trained detectives. This said we are also human beings who work extensively with families and children who are hurt.
“As professionals, and for many also parents ourselves, we completely understand and share the experience of the pain and suffering sadly some victims experience.
“Working with key professionals and partner organisations we work tirelessly to not only bring about prosecution of dangerous offenders but look to how we can signpost families to agencies to further aid recovery from the trauma they have suffered.
“We constantly strive to do our utmost for those we serve and this includes nominating them to charities. Crimes involving children often provoke the strongest reactions from people, but what happens to those children once a crime is solved?”
She said the little boy is making remarkable progress and it is hoped the holiday will further build his confidence and self esteem.
The 10-mile circular walk around Oxenhope took in rough terrain and high ground.
The Calderdale Police team completed it in five hours and together raused £1,050.