Hundreds of school children from across Stockton have been learning about how to stay safe and the important work of services in Teesside at a three day event.
Twelve primary schools visited Hardwick Community Centre to get involved in the interactive event, organised by the area's neighbourhood Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Lee Butterworth and Ryan Davey.
Around 500 pupils took part in fun and educational activities including quizzes, playing Skalextric wearing beer glasses to show the effects of alcohol and how crime investigators gather evidence. They were also shown the problems that come from litter, flytipping, smoking, and antisocial behaviour.
A number of agencies took part including Cleveland Fire Brigade, Tristar Housing and Stockton Borough Council Enforcement Team. Hardwick Residents Association also played an integral part and the event was supported by Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Lee Butterworth said: "This has been a fantastic and worthwhile event for the young people and local community. These youngsters are our town's future and if we can help them to understand the consequences of negative behaviour and how to keep themselves safe then it will stay with them as they grow through their teenage years."
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: "This event showed the excellent work of neighbourhood teams who are thinking outside the box to engage with local young people. I was extremely happy to support the event and speak to the youngsters involved."
Posted on Friday 28th March 2014