TEENAGERS have been working hard to forge stronger links and better understanding between young people and the police.
Six youngsters from the West View Project, in Hartlepool, have created a special version of Cleveland Police’s annual policing summary specifically for young people in town.
Hannah Dawes, Ryan Dougherty, Emma Leighton, Britney Smith, Bethany Smith and Ben Stevens – all of which are aged between 11 and 19 – spent four days working with police on the document, which highlights police plans and activities in the community.
They selected particular information which they felt people of their age care about and redesigned it into a format which would appeal to them.
They also took part in team games and team building exercises with their neighbourhood police officers and gained an activities qualification from the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) into the bargain.
The six-page leaflet has now been issued to all secondary schools and colleges in Hartlepool.
Their efforts were rewarded recently when they were presented with their certificates by Cleveland Police Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Dave Pickard and Pam Andrews-Mawer, an independent member of Cleveland Police Authority.
Bethany, 14, said: “We really enjoyed the experience and have produced a fantastic leaflet which hopefully will appeal to the young people of Hartlepool.”
Sarah Wilson, consultation and performance officer for Cleveland Police Authority, added: “The project is all about building better links between ourselves and young people and finding great ways of getting our messages across to them.
“The young people have done an excellent job – their leaflet is really eye-catching, easy-to-read and covers the important topics which matter to their age group.”
For more information about the leaflet call Sarah Wilson on (01642) 301446 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the West View Project call (01429) 272699 or visit www.wvp.org.uk