Michael has designs on new role

Michael Ritchie
Michael Ritchie

A YOUNG graphics student is helping create a new identity for Cleveland’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

Cleveland College of Art & Design extended diploma in graphic design student Michael Ritchie, from Hartlepool, has come up with a range of ideas for a new corporate look for when the new Police and Crime Commissioner is elected in November.

Course leader Chris Beadle said the college was approached by John Bage, secretariat office manager for Cleveland Police, with a view to coming up with a fresh new corporate image for the authority.

Mr Beadle added: “I chose Michael for the brief as he has a real artistic strength for re-branding and had just completed some great work for Cleveland College’s Middlesbrough Art Café.

“We took five of his ideas to the police authority, four of which they have short-listed for the new commissioner to consider.

“I don’t know of any other 18-year-old who would have such a huge commission under their belt.”

Michael, 18, said: “I’m really pleased that Chris chose me for this assignment. There are so many talented people on the course that it could have been any one of us.

“The project took about eight weeks and I had a lot of good constructive comments from the police. If any of my designs do get chosen, it will be absolutely phenomenal.”

Cleveland Police Authority chairman Stuart Drummond added: “Obviously the decision on what kind of corporate identity to adopt will rest with the Police and Crime Commissioner. But Michael has certainly put an awful lot of work into this project and come up with some really interesting ideas.

“We are grateful for his efforts and the involvement from the college and I’m sure that this experience will help him in the future.”