Police apologise for spelling error

THEY are used to handing out disciplinary action to lawbreakers, but now Essex Police could themselves be ticked off after leaflets for their Christmas calendar came complete with spelling mistakes.

James Hore

THEY are used to handing out disciplinary action to lawbreakers, but now Essex Police could themselves be ticked off after leaflets for their Christmas calendar came complete with spelling mistakes.

Thousands of children across Essex have been given the leaflets advertising the festive 2smart website campaign which includes safety messages about anti-social behaviour, binge drinking and road safety.

However the leaflet, handed to youngsters at schools across the county, featured the word “calender” twice.

The force has since apologised for the error, which was blamed on a lack of proof-reading.

The police website and the online calendar have the word spelt correctly.

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An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately our advent calendar leaflet was not accurately proof read before copies were sent to every primary and secondary school in Essex.

“Fortunately, it directs pupils to the Essex Police website and an online calendar which was correctly spelt.”

The online calendar introduces children to the Essex Policing Pledge with animated sequences that “bring to life the promises”.

Inspector Kevin Whipps, from the children and young people's team, said the website was also about improving the relationship between police and youngsters.

He said: “This is a great way for Essex Police to engage with our children and young people.

“It is designed to give bite-sized educational messages each day that encourage them to not only enjoy a safe festive period but also to promote better relationships between the police and children and young people.”

Essex Police are the first to launch a special version of the policing pledge aimed at children and young people.

To encourage visits to the site, youngsters are offered the chance to win an iPod Touch by completing an entry form on Christmas Eve.

The competition questions are based upon the content of the calendar to ensure the calendar supports learning.

james.hore@eadt.co.uk