In preparation for individual projects on researching and analysing local strategies for crime reduction, the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College second year BTEC Uniformed Public Service students have spent a part of their final year at the College working with ‘The Professionals’. Following liaison with the TILT Partnership, teacher Esther Brennan was able to organise a variety of workshops, and presentations for students to engage in.
Lev Dubil (Youth Intervention Team, Fire), David Elkington (Architectural Liaison), Julie Davies, OBE (Business Crime Management), Katie Brickley CPSO, and Wayne George HMPO have all contributed in developing workshops to engage students in strategies to reduce crime.
Student Alex Stephens commented; “I was amazed at the complexity of crime and its causes. I particularly enjoyed the presentation on HM Prison Service and Prisoner Sentence Planning. Wayne was great at getting us involved and devising scenarios that we could relate to. He had plenty of experience and expertise to pass on to us.”
Amanda Hulme added “Julie Davies seems to have had a real impact on Business Crime in Stoke-on-Trent. It was an excellent presentation and Julie was able to give us really interesting facts and figures regarding business crime that helped in writing our project. All the presenters were really open and easy to talk to. It’s been a great way to research crime reduction strategies.”
Teacher Esther Brennan concluded “The work to reduce crime in Stoke-on-Trent by a number of public, private and voluntary agencies is prolific. Whilst there is a lot of excellent online information for the public to access regarding Crime reduction, our students have responded well to actually meeting those responsible for developing the strategies and actively reducing crime. Students have been impressed by the professionalism and dedication of our city’s public service representatives. I’m very grateful for their involvement and I hope to repeat the project next year”