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The PSNI and Southern Regional College are working together to encourage young people to think carefully about the consequences of their actions and to avoid having a #SoberingMoment.

#SoberingMoment is an initiative that harnesses the skills of young people in Northern Ireland’s Regional Colleges to promote safety and responsible decision making among their peers, as part of their academic course.

#SoberingMoment was launched in 2016 with Southern Regional College coming on board in 2018.

Newry Inspector Russell Vogan and Newry Sgt. Ryan Duffy, photographed with PSNI Area Media Officer, Samantha Corr, at the showcase event for the PSNI’s #SoberingMoment digital media project. Students from SRC, Newry, submitted films as part of the initiative.
Newry Inspector Russell Vogan and Newry Sgt. Ryan Duffy, photographed with PSNI Area Media Officer, Samantha Corr, at the showcase event for the PSNI’s #SoberingMoment digital media project. Students from SRC, Newry, submitted films as part of the initiative.

This year students from Southern Regional College created a three films focused on road safety and mobile phone use, ‘Stranger Danger’ and ‘It’s Ok not to be Ok’.

Mr Edward Fearon, Southern Regional College, said: “We were delighted to work with PSNI for the third year on #SoberingMoment. Based on our experience last year we recognise this as an amazing opportunity for our digital media students to showcase their skills and gain some first-hand experience of working with a large organisation.

“Police from the local area visited our class to discuss different issues that affect young people at the beginning of the year and our students chose the theme they wanted to focus on. Throughout the year our students worked closely with PSNI Corporate Communications Department and police from Antrim and Newtownabbey as part of the selection and design process.”

Mr Ryan Feeney, Head of Corporate Communications, PSNI, said: “The graphics, animation and film produced by the students are fantastic and we are proud to have the opportunity to use them across our social media and to use them to highlight the consequences that criminal or antisocial behaviour can have for young people.

“This has been a great opportunity for PSNI to connect with young people, encourage them to think of the potentially life-changing consequences that their actions or decisions, taken at a moment in time can have, and understand the issues that are important to them. The exciting initiative was devised and driven by my department as part of our role in Keeping People Safe. My team and officers from a number of policing districts and departments provided support to the young people during the creation and development of the films, animations and graphics, but credit must go to the students whose filming, production and design skills have very much come to the fore.

“This has been a valuable initiative for all involved with students gaining skills and expertise to help further their career ambitions and police officers building strong relationships to help us deliver policing with the community for the future.”

Sgt. Ryan Duffy said, “This is my first year working on the #SoberingMoment project with SRC, having taken over from Sgt. Kelly Gibson. This is Newry’s second year, working with SRC. Once again, we felt it was an amazing opportunity to work with this talented group of young people. We wanted to look at a number of areas this year – cyberbullying/stranger danger, road safety and ‘its ok not to be ok’

“The work produced is fantastic and we think they highlighted the themes very well. This has been a great opportunity for PSNI to connect with young people, encourage them to think of the potentially life-changing consequences that their actions or decisions taken at a moment in time can have. This has been a valuable initiative for all involved. I would like to commend these very talented students on their professional approach, dedication and hard work which has resulted in a series of thought-provoking videos.”

The #SoberingMoment graphics and video will appear on PSNI social media, website and Youtube channel over the coming weeks. You can access #SoberingMoment videos on the PSNI Youtube channel.

Edward Fearon, SRC, said: “#SoberingMoment has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to collaborate with PSNI and gain experience in working for a real-world client which can only benefit their personal development and their employment prospects in post-academic life.

“We look forward to continuing our work with PSNI next year.”

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