YOUNGSTERS who responded to a challenge to come up with ideas to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour have been recognised.
Solihull police in partnership with Solihull Council held a competition for youngsters to give their ideas on how crime and antisocial behaviour could be reduced or prevented in Solihull.
Sergeant Ann Strachan, who organised the event, said: “This was a great opportunity for young people to help develop local solutions to local problems and be able to influence policing initiatives in Solihull.
“Young people tend to think outside the box and don’t tend to consider the restraints of law, economics and such like. They are therefore an excellent way to generate innovative ideas.”
The competition attracted hundreds of entries and winners were chosen from every participating school, as well as an overall winner and runner-up.
These were chosen by Solihull police commander, Chief Superintendent Carl Foulkes with top prize going to 13-year old, Hannah Thomas, a year 8 student at Alderbrook School.
She suggested a development class for young lawbreakers, a children’s crime support group and a designated ‘wall of art’ facility to deter graffiti.
The overall runner-up was 12-year-old Jess Hudson from Tudor Grange School. She suggested workshops for young people that include strategies on dealing with peer pressure and the consequences of crime.