Thursday 20 September marked the 2nd Annual SAFE Awards held at Long Road Sixth Form College.
The SAFE Awards brings together Criminology and Graphics students with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary; enabling them to work closely to raise awareness and tackle important issues faced by Police and society.
In March 2018 a cross-section of Criminology students, accompanied by Tom Genillard Criminology Course Team Leader and Andy Goodwin Head of Progression, attended a series of talks on domestic abuse given by local police officers at Parkside Police Station. On returning to college, students were set the task to produce a presentation on the information they were given by local police officers. A winning presentation was selected and given to Long Road Graphics students, in the style of a real, live brief. Graphics students then worked to create a poster on the information they had taken away.
The SAFE Awards event was held to celebrate the exceptional work produced by both Criminology and Graphics students. In attendance were Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite, Detective Supt. Martin Brunning, Chief Inspector Steve Kerridge, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse Partnership Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Vickie Crompton, and Long Road Sixth Form College Principal Yolanda Botham, as well as students and their friends and families.
Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite and Detective Supt. Martin Brunning presented the awards, with Caira Wright and Hazera Begum announced the winners of the Criminology department. Tom Genillard praised all students highly and said that
“Caira & Hazera made especially impressive contributions to the work which is why they were selected for the prize. They both have a
bright future with their careers linking to the subject, and their contribution will help raise awareness in college and in the wider community
of this hugely unreported crime”.
Megan Rayner was announced the winner of the Graphics students submissions, with Katherine Sims and Charlotte Barrett named joint runner-up. Finally, Yolanda Botham presented the Principal’s Choice award to Graphics students Phoebe Barrett and Sophie Francis.
Tom Genillard spoke about the SAFE Awards explaining that “It has not only positively impacted the student’s coursework it has also made them reflect on themselves and those around them”.
While Emma Burton, Graphics Course Team Leader, said she was “greatly impressed by the professionalism and talent of all the students who entered. Each showed sensitivity to the issue and communicated ideas visually in exciting and unique ways.”
The Cambridge Constabulary were so impressed by the work produced by both Criminology and Graphics students that they are working towards incorporating the presentation given by Caira and Hazera into Police training, whilst using the poster created by Megan Raynor in their campaigns to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Work is now underway to organise the 3rd Annual SAFE Awards, with Long Road Sixth Form College and Cambridge Constabulary continuing to work together to spread awareness of prominent crimes and the support which is available to victims.