Police team up with Watford Mencap for Slot Car event

Most people know Slot Car Racing by the brand name “Scalextric” which, over the years, has become a generic term for this competitive activity which involves racing small cars around a track competitively.


The event was organised by PCSO Marc Abbott who has a special interest in the hobby. Using his own equipment and some borrowed from the Nascot Wood Slot Car Club, he set up a large track in the church.


The group was joined by other PCSOs from the Safer Neighbourhood Team and Chief Inspector for Watford, Dave Wheatley.


Each participant had four races and the person who won the most heats had the privilege to face the Chief Inspector in a final battle.


PCSO Marc Abbott said: “It was a great evening and they really enjoyed it – as did we. They were all immediately asking when they could do it again. This event was great because it means they are becoming more aware of how friendly the police are and so can feel confident in approaching us for help in the future.”


Chief Inspector for Watford, Dave Wheatley said: “This was a fantastic event and it was clear that everyone was thoroughly enjoying it. By engaging with people with learning disabilities in this way, gives us the opportunity for them to see that we are approachable and engender confidence in police, so that they can come to us if they ever need our help or become a victim of crime.”


Lata Rees from Watford Mencap said: "Watford Mencap and the Safer Neighbourhood Team have worked in partnership before and continue tp do so. However this event, which was suggested by Marc Abbott, had a real fun element to it for our clients. Great evening and lots of hard work by Marc and his colleagues to make it a successful event."


Thank you to the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team!


Posted on Monday, 5th October 2015