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Rutland pupils take part in ‘How the police keep me safe’ poster competition with winning entries shown at Warning Zone, Leicester

Police have built links with youngsters in the community through a county-wide competition.

Three pupils from Rutland primary schools received their winners’ certificates from former High Sheriff, Richard Cole, for their entries in the poster competition - ‘How the police keep me safe’.

Winners Alfie, Ruby and Noah from Cottesmore, Brooke Hill and Catmose were joined by inspector Audrey Danvers of Rutland Police and Rutland’s current High Sheriff, David Wood, to see the unveiling of their posters at Warning Zone in Leicester.

PC Laurie Appleton with Ruby, a winner of the poster competition
PC Laurie Appleton with Ruby, a winner of the poster competition

The initiative welcomed all Rutland’s 10 and 11 year olds to an interactive day raising their awareness of risks and consequences, to reduce their vulnerability to physical and online harm and anti-social behaviour.

Warning Zone’s chief executive, Elaine Stevenson, said: “The winning posters stood out because of the strong messages they contained including always be as kind as you can which reinforces consideration for others and being a good friend.”

Richard went on to explain that High Sheriffs support the maintenance of law and order in their counties.

During his year in office he was keen to encourage young people in making good life choices.

He said: “It was really hard for the judging panel to choose the winners, as so many of the entries were brilliant. I was delighted by how many children took part, as this helps to build positive relationships with our Rutland policing team.”

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