Officers from Northamptonshire Police’s Hate Crime Unit will be launching a poster competition for children of primary or secondary school age at the force open day on Saturday (September 8).
DC Karen Bailey said: “This is a great way to get children and their parents talking and thinking about embracing people’s differences and therefore eliminating the ignorance that can often result in prejudice.
“We will be asking primary school children to think about not bullying someone because they are different in some way, such as being disabled, with learning difficulties or from a different ethnic backround, and we’ll be looking for a fresh approach to tackling homophobia with secondary school age students.
“We will have a stand at the open day with plenty of arts and crafts materials at the ready for children to make a start – they can either finish their posters on the day or take them away and submit them by the closing date of September 28.”
The top three winning posters for each of the primary school and secondary school age categories will be used by the Hate Crime Unit, Northampton County Council and within youth groups and anti-bullying forums.
Each winner will receive a certificate from Northamptonshire Police and a goodie bag.