to 2003 News Archive
Law Enforcers at The Academy
enforcers will descend on Stranraer Academy this week in a
drive to divert youngsters away from a life of crime.
part of a Scottish Prison Service scheme entitled "Prison!
Me? No Way!", third-year pupils will discover the harsh
consequences of a criminal life-style through a series of
from the prison service along with the police, fire, ambulance
and Procurator Fiscal's office will stage an accident scene
where a girl has to be rescued from a car which her boyfriend
took without the owner's consent. The driver will be found
to have taken an Ecstasy pill before driving.
in real life, those involved in the accident will be arrested
by police before appearing in front of the Procurator Fiscal.
The offenders will then be sentenced to imprisonment. To add
to the reality of the situation a mobile prison cell and video
of a real-life prisoner who explains the effects of a life-term
in prison will be used.
the project are prison officers Brian Alison and Jim Kirkwood
from HMP and YOI Dumfries. Mr Alison explained:
are a number of pressures on young people today such as
drugs, vandalism and so on.
is all about making the right decisions and we hope that
the scheme will emphasise to the younger generation the
consequences of making the wrong decisions".
scheme was initiated by prison officers at HMP Hull in 1993
and has since become one of the most innovative crime prevention
and educational aids ever. The idea is to teach what they
call "anti-crime thoughts" by stimulating the mind,
showing the effects of crime on the wider community, demonstrating
how the law protects and punishes and dispel any myths surrounding