Teenagers film to train police

TALENTED youngsters from Rendlesham who made a documentary about the dangers of drugs may have their video used to train police officers.Wannabe film-makers from three youth groups in the Woodbridge area: Rendlesham Youth Group, Rochford House and Just 42 made short videos based around the question 'should cannabis be legalised?'.

TALENTED youngsters from Rendlesham who made a documentary about the dangers of drugs may have their video used to train police officers.

Wannabe film-makers from three youth groups in the Woodbridge area: Rendlesham Youth Group, Rochford House and Just 42 made short videos based around the question 'should cannabis be legalised?'.

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) from Ipswich worked with the groups to produce the videos and funding for the project came from Community Against Drugs.

The winning video was chosen in a ceremony at Woodbridge's Shire Hall, attended by youth workers and members of the Suffolk Constabulary.

Over 30 guests gathered at the ceremony on September 18 to view the videos and reveal the winners.

The winners, Rendlesham, received a camcorder and the two runners-up each picked up digital cameras for their groups.

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Prizes and certificates were presented to the youngsters by Chief Constable Alastair McWhirter and he was so impressed with the professional quality of all three entries that he took away copies to use as training videos within the Suffolk Constabulary.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "Training is something that's on-going with all our staff and the videos may well be used during one of our training sessions.

"Obviously some staff have a particular interest in that area and the videos will prove very useful in helping them to get a youth perspective on the problem of drugs."

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