PUPILS at a number of Solihull secondary schools are to be educated about drug awareness and how to lead healthy lifestyles.
The “Natural High” initiative has been organised by Solihull police officers and will run from March 23-27.
It is described as a unique and interactive presentation, raising awareness of the dangers that surround illegal drugs, crime and anti-social behaviour, in a fun and exciting way.
The programme will be presented by David Graham, a singer/songwriter who found fame through TV’s Pop Idol, and will support the ongoing work of teachers, police, community safety partnerships, charities and other organisations that promote healthy lifestyle messages and offer support to young people.
Schools taking part in the initiative are Alderbrook, Tudor Grange, Smith’s Wood, Lyndon, Archbishop Grimshaw, Langley, St Peters, Park Hall and Arden. This will be the fourth year that students in Solihull have benefited from the programme.
Sergeant Ann Strachan, from Solihull East neighbourhood policing team, said: “This is a great opportunity for partnership agencies to work together to provide effective awareness of the issues that face young people.
“Crime has continued to reduce in Solihull and through education we can work in partnership to prevent young people offending.”
Solihull police officers have also launched a Youth Crime competition, which gives pupils the chance to win some fantastic prizes, including an I-phone, notebook laptop or £50 Touchwood vouchers. All they need to do is suggest an idea about how they think crime could be reduced or prevented in Solihull.
Entry forms for the competition are available from the schools taking part and need to be completed by Friday March 13.
For more information regarding the Natural High programme or the Youth Crime competition, contact Sergeant Ann Strachan on 0845 113 5000 ext: 7928 6666.