St Albans school children produce winning poster designs!

From left to right, PCSO Greg Coulshed, Bobbi-Louise Smith, Matt Baker, Amy Clark, Ben Purvis, Aarjun Sansi, Mayor Frances Leonard, Myles O’Connor and PCSO Chris Stokes.

Three school children from the St Albans District have won a competition to design posters highlighting community safety issues. And three students from Oaklands College have been commended for helping with a series of training sessions.

Councillor Frances Leonard, Mayor of St Albans City and District, presented the six winners with certificates and prizes. The awards followed a Crucial Crew event staged by the St Albans City and District Community Safety Partnership (CSP).


Eight hundred children, aged ten and eleven, from across the District were taught how to assess everyday risks and take action to avoid them. The youngsters were also invited to design posters with a strong community safety theme.


The idea was to reinforce messages learned on issues such as antisocial behaviour, cyber bullying, alcohol-fuelled crime, arson and burglary.


Crucial Crew was run by staff from St Albans City and District Council, Herts Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hertfordshire County Council.  Leisure centre operators 1Life, UK Power Networks and the Samaritans also took part. Students from Oaklands College supported them, pretending to be bullies and drug dealers in role-play performances.


The poster winners were Aarjun Sansi, Myles O'Connor  and Amy Clark while the commended Oaklands students were Matt Baker, Ben Purvis and Bobbi-Louise Smith.


Cllr Leonard said: “Crucial Crew was an excellent exercise that made hundreds of children more aware about the risks of everyday life and how to act accordingly. We were extremely pleased with the number and the quality of the poster entries we received. The children have shown a real flair and creativity."


“I am told the Oaklands students did a wonderful job and hopefully they will also have benefitted from the experience.”


Crucial Crew took place in March over two weeks and the awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 8th June at the District Council’s civic offices.


The CSP is an umbrella organisation that endeavours to reduce crime and more details can be found online.


(Source: St Albans City and District Council)

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