A ‘Prison Me? No Way!’ event was staged in The HUB at the Proact recently to help deter young people from committing crime.
The event was part of a programme delivered by the police and Community Safety Partnership to put youngsters off crime and anti-social behaviour.
Twenty-one teenagers between 12 and 14 years-old took part in the session, which included separate hard-hitting talks from a retired prison officer and an ex-offender, who shared their own experiences of life in prison. There was also the chance to look around a replica cell to show what living conditions are like.
After the event, the young people were offered a tour of the Proact Stadium by the club.
Sergeant Dave Harrison said: “The sessions offer young people an insight into the realities of prison life, together with the facts on what the consequences of getting involved in crime or anti-social behaviour could be.
“We also hope that, alongside the tour of the football club, we will encourage and inspire those young people who take part into making the right choices for their own lives.”
Although funded by Derbyshire Constabulary and the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, the programme itself is run by a national educational charity which aims to raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.
The session was one of a series of ‘Prison Me? No Way!’ events being held in the Chesterfield area, with the next one due to take place in December.
For more information about the ‘Prison Me? No Way!’ initiative visit the website: www.pmnw.co.uk.