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Prison! Me! No Way!!! Crime Week

With youth crime still at an all-time low, the Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey team’s autumn road show starting on October 17th, continues with their work, as secondary school students will be asked to think about making the right choices through a series of interactive workshops delivered by Officers from the States of Jersey Police, Prison, Fire and Ambulance Services during their Crime Week Programme.

There will be a special appearance from actor Stephen Hagan, who recently starred in Stan Lee’s ITV Crime Drama Series ‘Lucky Man’. Stephen is a longstanding supporter of the Prison! Me! No Way!!! initiative.

The aim of Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey is to raise the awareness of young people in the Island about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime, by using a non-threatening and non-lecturing style of education.

Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey Chairman Lesley Harrison said: “Crime Weeks are the most exciting part of our school input; it gives the entire team the opportunity to engage with young people and share knowledge and experiences with them. It is a fantastic learning experience for young people, but it also a tremendous amount of fun, for both the students and the officers who make up the team”

Superintendent James Wileman, Head of Uniform Operations from the States of Jersey Police said: “I continue to be proud of the work taking place between the States of Jersey Police and Prison Me No Way; it is an excellent example of community work in action. The time and effort spent by Lesley and the team investing in the Island’s young people is so important, especially with regard to explaining the importance of making the right choices in life as they grow up. I’m sure that these school sessions play a key part in keeping the islands youth crime levels as low as they are."

The multi-agency team work in partnership and have a very unique and innovative delivery style which ensures engagement with the students during extremely interactive workshops, and give students hard hitting facts on the consequences of their actions should they make bad choices. They provide young people with information that will enable them to make informed life choices to help them grow into responsible citizens and hopefully reduce the devastating effects of criminal behaviour on society.

Students spend their ‘Crime Day’ rotating in their ‘prison wings’ around workshops which address areas such as crime and public disorder, alcohol, drugs and, drink driving with the ultimate consequence being Prison Life and the impact that has on all concerned should wrong choices be made.

Crime Day Workshops include:

The States of Jersey Police Dog Handling Team will all be making a special appearance at the ‘Crime Days’ - demonstrating how the dogs help detect drugs and suspects of crime. The dogs and their handlers will be used in a variety of scenarios – ‘chase and detain’, dealing with ‘public order’ offences etc.

The States of Jersey Police Firearms Team workshop is headed up by Sergeant Dean Machin using the locally produced Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey DVD entitled ‘Dangerous Games’ which explains
to students how officers only have a split second to decide whether a firearm they are confronted with is real or a replica and the potential danger of using BB guns irresponsibly.

Firefighter John Vautier from the States of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service will be delivering a workshop on fire safety with the emphasis on the importance of smoke alarms and making an escape plan to cover what steps should be taken if a house fire breaks out, along with the dangerous repercussions of making hoax calls.

States of Jersey Ambulance Service Paramedic Jonny Hayward will address health and safety issues and focus on the ABC of first aid demonstrating to students how they should respond to an emergency situation in which someone is injured to ensure a patient has a much better chance of survival until trained help arrives.

States of Jersey Police Officer Harry Matthews will be delivering the drugs workshop discussing various types of drugs including ‘so called’ legal highs, and the effect that drugs have on individual’s mental and physical health, their well-being. He will also talk about the restrictions in areas such as travelling abroad or making job applications, that can potentially arise through having a criminal conviction involving drugs, along with the impact that taking or drug dealing can have on family and friends.

The Prison Cell Workshop is headed up by States of Jersey Prison Officers who will discuss with students what a day in the life of a prisoner is like, the restrictions, the lack of freedom and culminate the session with a visit to the PMNW Resource Vehicle which house the replica mobile prison cell to re-enforce the full effect of the consequences of making the wrong choice!

Road Safety Officer Philip Blake and Mandy Le Tensorer from Child Accident Prevention will deliver an extremely powerful and emotive workshop. Designed and delivered by Philip and Mandy, this very engaging workshop covers all relevant elements of driving and seatbelt safety.

The school dates for the October 2016 ‘Crime Days’ at secondary schools are:

• Monday 17th October 2016 – Le Rocquier

• Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Les Quennevais

• Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Haute Vallee

• Thursday 20th October 2016 – Grainville

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