A POLICE officer who teaches children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, carrying guns and knives and being part of a gang has received an award for his work.
PC Paul Gray, Police Young Persons Partnership Officer for Rotherham North Safer Neighbourhood Team, has received a Rotherham Healthy Schools Partnership Award for his work at Wingfield Business and Enterprise College. The bobby was nominated for the award by Vanessa Gregory, the head of citizenship for the school.
He arranges specialist talks to pupils, provides lessons, arranges for the Guns and Knives Take Lives team to visit the school, provides lessons on drugs and works with small groups with the aim of diverting youngsters from a life of crime.
PC Paul Gray said: “The award reflects the investment that South Yorkshire Police have made in keeping young people safe.
“I feel my role is a crucial one and the pupils of Wingfield College are testament that if you put the time in to educate and engage with young people, the rewards of diverting them away from crime are all that we could wish for.”
Mrs Gregory said: “PC Paul Gray delivered both lessons and assemblies to a variety of different year groups.
“He has delivered sessions to Year 9 on gang culture and following these sessions an assessment was completed.
“The engagement of the students as a result of the session was high and the results better than in previous years with a number of learners achieving beyond their targets.
“Paul also delivered a session on binge drinking to year nine which was interactive and students were engaged in a variety of different learning styles.
“He shares resources and contacts with our school and has recently helped to organise a visiting speaker from Russia with interpreter to speak about the Chernobyl disaster.
“His contribution to Wingfield is invaluable and much appreciated.”