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Telford youngsters invited to attend a Citizens Youth Academy

On Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October Telford Police Youth Engagement Team will host the academy at Ercall Wood School in Wellington with pupils aged between 11 and 16 who attend secondary schools in the borough invited to attend.

The academy was first held last year and is now become an annual event.

The weekend will open with the re-enactment of emergency services responding to an incident to show how the services all work together as a team.

Throughout the weekend youngsters will learn about important topics such as diversity and hate crime, knife crime and drug and alcohol awareness. Pupils will take part in tasks that will help develop their problem solving and teamwork skills as well as build confidence.

On the Sunday, West Mercia Police’s dog section will attend with officers from the force’s armed response unit who will talk about their role.

Youth Engagement Officer, PCSO Andy Protheroe, said: “The weekend promises to be a great event for young people in the borough, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the emergency services and important issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Events such as this enable us to engage with young people and breakdown any barriers and misconceptions they may have about police and crime related issues, not only that we’re able to offer advice on what they can do to help keep themselves and their friends safe. I really would encourage anyone aged between 11 and 16 who attends one of our local secondary schools to apply for a place at the academy.”

To receive an application form please email contact details to Closing date for applications is Thursday 11 October.

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