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Hampshire Police Announce their Apprentice Winners

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Hampshire Police Announce their Apprentice Winners

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:29pm 19th November 2016. (Updated at 5:34pm 19th November 2016)

The imagination and ingenuity of young people to warn about the dangers of sharing nude or sexual pictures has been commended and celebrated by Hampshire Constabulary on national children’s takeover day.

The force held the final of a communications campaign competition for schools at its Southern Support and Training Headquarters at Netley on Friday evening (November 18) for students to pitch personal safety advice in a range of creative ways to peers and expert judges about the consequences of an act commonly known as sexting.

​This competition for secondary schools across the whole force area to submit entries started in June as a new aspect of Hampshire Constabulary’s established Police Apprentice initiative, part of its Safe4me education programme.

Six schools were shortlisted by Hampshire Constabulary to give presentations at the final after more than 80 initial expressions of interest from schools earlier in the year.

Robert Mays presentation Snapchat filer
The winner was chosen by a panel of judges from esteemed partner agencies including:

● The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children);
● The National Crime Agency (NCA)’s Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) command;
● and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission, part of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Hampshire.


The selection of a winner

The winners of the competition were a group of students from Robert May’s School in Odiham for their original animated concept that warned of nude and sexual pictures spreading like ‘Wildfire’ once shared.


One of the judges, Hampshire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen said:  “We thought all the entries were phenomenal, it was a very difficult judgement call. The reason why the winner was chosen was because of their inclusiveness. We were particularly inspired by the fact that they were thinking about people within our communities who might be more likely to be targeted by sexting, and perhaps don’t have a voice. We also liked how they bonded as a team, and everybody within that team had a particular distinct role.”


Robert May’s School now has the opportunity to work with Hampshire Constabulary to produce a campaign that delivers key messages to young people about the implications of sexting.


Reaction from Robert May’s School


Teacher Kathleen Wingfield from Robert May’s School watched her students collect first prize. She said: “We’re so proud of the students for the innovative skills, dedication and cooperation they displayed in both creating and presenting their campaign proposal. It’s really important that young people have these opportunities because of the true insights and respected influences they bring to solving issues affecting their age group. I hope their vivid and inclusive idea can have a positive effect on more young people being safer and stronger in the decisions they take when using technology to connect with their peers.”


Fellow finalists recognised for their talents.

Police Apprentice KS4 runners-up Woodlands Community College


Two runners-up were named during the final. They were Applemore Technology College in Southampton (Key Stage Three), and Woodlands Community College in Southampton (Key Stage Four).


Concepts from the further three finalists also received praise; they were students from Purbrook Park School in Waterlooville, Springfield School in Portsmouth, and Test Valley School in Stockbridge.


All schools shortlisted for the final now qualify to receive a sexting awareness education roadshow named 'Is It Worth It?' This is provided by renowned national youth projects agency Amelix.


Social media showcase


The winners were announced at the final’s conclusion, which was shown live on Facebook by Hampshire Constabulary alongside film and photo content that was posted on the force’s new Snapchat account with our first-ever use of a geo-filter around the Southern Support and Training Headquarters site.


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Hampshire Constabulary would like to express thanks to everyone involved in the detailed planning and successful production of the Police Apprentice sexting prevention campaign competition and the final.


The final's judging panel was:


● The NSPCC’s acting head of child safety online, Doctor Julia Fossi
● National Crime Agency (NCA) Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) command education officer, Jenny Robertson
● BAFTA award-winning computer game designer, Gordon Ross
● Hampshire Constabulary Deputy Chief Constable, Sara Glen
● Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Commission member, Sophie Smith


Improving understanding of the law and the effects of sexting

photo of a young person on a phone

A recent survey of more than 900 students in local schools conducted by Hampshire Constabulary produced the following responses:


● 13 per cent (of 862 who answered this question) did not think it was against the law for young people aged under 18 to take, send or share naked selfies or images of a sexual nature.
● 17 per cent (of 862 who answered this question) were not sure.

● More than a third (36 per cent of 852 who answered this question) of students surveyed said they or someone they knew had been involved directly or affected by sexting.

● When asked if they would know what to do if sexual or naked images of you or a friend were shared with others or used against you, 40 per cent (of 851 who answered this question) said no.


For more information about Hampshire Constabulary’s Police Apprentice initiative and personal safety advice for young people, please visit our website:


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