Newark and Sherwood: Students to be involved in week of action on crime with Nottinghamshire Police
Young people will be involved in a week of action, engagement, education and raising awareness of a multitude of crimes starting from next week.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Schools and Early Intervention Officers (SEIO) will be working with students in a series of sessions highlighting issues like knife crime, hate crime, cyber crime (money muling) and County Lines.
Despite the closure of schools due to the lockdown, officers will still deliver workshops to schools by adapting the current situation - providing online interactive sessions and YouTube vlogs on different subjects.
From next week, schools, colleges and alternative provision providers will be able to book onto daily digital workshops covering a range of subjects.
For example, one session may focus on money mules. These are people who transfer stolen money on behalf of others, usually through their bank account.
In some instances, where it has been requested to meet an identified need of the setting, officers will still be going into schools to provide specific sessions in a covid-secure environment.
SEIO co-ordinator Karen Dalby said: “We’ve had to be innovative and adapt due to the lockdown but we have managed to continue to respond to the needs of schools in different parts of the city and county who have told us which sessions they want us to deliver.
“In that sense it has been very much business as usual for us during the pandemic.
“We will be providing online sessions next week, targeted at Year 7-13 students. In addition, we are supporting Nottingham College with over 20 sessions. These are being supported by other Nottinghamshire Police departments including our County Lines, hate crime and cyber and fraud protect teams, and Youth Outreach.
“Many of the young people the SEIOs engage with are extremely vulnerable and can be victims of crime or on the cusp of becoming involved in crime.
“The SEIOs provide advice and interventions which can make a real difference to young people. It’s also about breaking down barriers between the police and young people and improving relationships, giving an increased sense of safety for everyone.
“The idea behind the sessions is to give young people key information around particular issues that may be affecting them and then to have a positive discussion with a police officer to encourage making better life choices and divert them away from the criminal justice system.
"During the sessions students are able to ask and answer questions directly with the SEIOs who are delivering the workshops and each of the sessions are delivered with a teacher present.
“I am enormously proud of the SEIO team adapting to these challenging times and maintaining links with the young people of Nottinghamshire.
"This has been achieved through their enthusiasm and hard work delivering some key messages and guidance around issues that affect young people."
All the sessions will be evaluated using online feedback.