Sussex Police opens its doors for ten days this summer to give a unique insight into how the Force works. The police invite people across the county into stations, to see behind the scenes during virtual tours and interact during live online broadcasts.
‘Sussex Police People: 10 days live’ launches on July 25th, when 100 young people age 11 to 16 get hands-on experience trying out policing for themselves.
One hundred lucky competition finalists will visit the Kingstanding training site for the ‘Be the police for a day’ one-off event, where they’ll tour the underground nuclear bunker, use kit to investigate a car crash, deploy search dogs, forensically examine a crime scene and find out what makes a police officer.
Chief Constable Martin Richards said: “Many people learn about policing from what they see on TV or read in the news. When people see protests with officers in all their protective gear it might look scary, particularly for young people who might not realise it’s to stop the officers getting hurt.
“What is seen in the media is a snap-shot, rather than the realities of policing. There’s far more to it than many people might realise, with huge amounts of work going on behind the scenes involving all sorts of specialist skills. Young people at the ‘Be the police for a day’ event will be able to see firsthand just what it takes to solve crime and keep people safe.
“People have a right to know what we do, to question us and share their ideas. Sussex Police People: 10 days live’ will give people the opportunity to do just that.”
The competition is now live for young people to enter. They need to say what they would do if they were a police officer for a day. The best 100 entries, which can either be from individuals or from groups of up to five, join the police to ‘Be the police for a day’.
To have the chance to ‘Be the police for a day’, you must live in Sussex, be 11 to 16 and tell or show what you would do if you were a police officer for a day.
You can get creative any way you like – write a story or a poem, take a photo, design a poster, create an animation or short film – the police are looking for the most innovative and practical ideas from children of all abilities.
To be the first to find out, log on and leave your details at: www.sussexpolicepeople.co.uk
All the entries for the 100 finalists will be posted on the website and you can help the panelists choose the winning competition entries by liking your favourites from Saturday July 13th, 2013.
Four overall winners – a best group and best individual entry for the 11 to 13 and 14 to 16 categories – will be announced on the event day. Follow the event on Twitter @sussex_police #10dayslive