One police officer says that as part of her duties to serve the community, she will start teaching Tai Chi to residents of rural retirement living schemes who may not have ready access to physical activities otherwise.
"Whilst engaging with the community at these groups, I discovered that there wasn't really anything to promote physical activity, particularly in the Emley area which is quite a way out," said Police Community Support Officer Sharon Mellor.
So she signed up to help with a course called Moving More Often, which incorporates a version of the martial art that she says can relieve stress and improve health, and incorporates memory games to help older persons retain their faculties as they age.
Mellor is hopeful that the training will enable her to learn about her community and show elderly residents in West Yorkshire that the police care about addressing their needs, and can contact her with potential concerns.
"By becoming more active, people can remain independent for longer," noted Mellor. "It also encourages a little fun and enjoyment to life."