Year nine students at Wrenn School in Wellingborough took part in a hard-hitting educational day last week.
‘Prison Me No-Way’ is a crime reduction charity which gives children information in a non-confrontational way, without the use of scare tactics, so that they can make wise judgements based on facts.
The day focused on the possible consequences of criminality, including gun and knife crime, ‘joy-riding’ and anti-social behaviour.
Officers from the force’s firearms department, road traffic, and the fire and ambulance service gave talks on each stage of an incident, including arrest, custody, and the court process.
The day started with the enactment of a fatal car crash, with some of the students helping to act out the scene. Added authenticity was given by the addition of a prison van kitted out to look like a prison cell.
The students were made aware of the ramifications of getting involved in ‘joy-riding’ – in this instance taking a parent’s car for a drive; such as a fatal crash, a prison sentence and a criminal record, and how that could impact on their life plans, ability to get a job or travel abroad.
Firearms officers then gave a talk on the possible consequences of carrying knives and weapons, including details of the possible length of sentence that could be given for being in possession of a knife or firearm.