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College of West Anglia students from Wisbech help to raise awareness of modern slavery with Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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Uniformed services students from the College of West Anglia’s (CWA) Wisbech campus visited Huntingdon police headquarters to help raise awareness of modern slavery.

Students help to raise awareness of modern slavery with Cambs police. (7304499)
Students help to raise awareness of modern slavery with Cambs police. (7304499)

Students listened to a range of presentations from police officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary about several different topics related to the theme of modern slavery, including exploitation.

Uniformed services lecturer John Yare said: “The 11 students that attended were a credit to the department and CWA. They were the first to answer questions and participated throughout. Considering the competition from other colleges I was impressed to see them perform to a high standard.”

Cambridgeshire Constabulary used the event to launch the SAFE competition, challenging students from colleges from across the area to produce a poster and a video or narrative around the theme of modern slavery. The students’ work will then be judged by Cambridgeshire Police at CWA’s Wisbech Campus. The winning team will then go forward to a county competition at Huntingdon police HQ in June.

Cambridgeshire police are ultimately looking to use the winning entry countywide to raise awareness of the subject.

Ally Wicking, PSV administrator, Cambridgeshire Police, said: “The aim of the SAFE Award is about taking a current policing topic such as modern slavery and working with students in higher education to promote understanding of the type of crime, how it’s recognised and how the police deal with it. It is a good opportunity for students to work with the police and for us to forge better working relationships with young people. We hope that students embrace the opportunity to participate in the competition. It is a great chance for them to be creative, relay a message and have the possibility to see their work used as official advertising material.”

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