13/09/2016

Schoolchildren invited to enter criminal damage impact competition

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger is inviting children from local primary and secondary schools to become involved in a competition outlining the impact criminal damage has on their community.

Schoolchildren invited to enter criminal damage impact competition

He said: “Over recent years we have had issues with increases in criminal damage during the autumn period, which in many cases have been a product of young people not realising the consequences of their actions.

“I am a committed champion of young people, and a firm believer that they often receive an unfair negative image due to the actions of a small minority. As such I am launching a competition aimed at young people to give them a chance to design a multimedia advert to raise awareness of the impact of criminal damage in the community.”

The entry could be a poster, video, social media, radio advert or any other medium that young people feel would be beneficial in getting across the message and must contain the strapline “Criminal Damage, What’s It Worth?”

Entries are open from pupils in Year 3 upwards, with Junior and Senior categories.  The closing date for entries is Friday 14th October, and there will be prizes for the winning entries in each Local Authority area in both Junior and Senior categories with the overall winning entry forming part of a cross Cleveland media campaign.

Barry Coppinger added: “I am committed to engaging with all sectors of the community, and to involve local people in enhancing community safety and improving community cohesion.  I hope the competition will encourage young people to think about the impact such destruction has on their environment.”

Please could all entries be clearly marked with the pupil’s name, contact details and school.  Entries should be sent to [email protected]