Students encouraged to avoid a ‘sobering moment’

THE PSNI and South West 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 to promote safety and responsible decision making among their peers, as part of their academic course.

This year students from South West College created two films focused on poly-drug use, i.e. mixing prescription drugs and alcohol and domestic abuse.


Sharon Wallace, South West College, Dungannon, said, “We were delighted to work with PSNI for the second 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 Mid Ulster as part of the selection and design process.”

Sgt JP McCartan, “This is our second year working with Sharon and her talented students at the Dungannon campus of South West College. This year was slightly different, as we set the student two challenges. We asked students to look at the theme of poly-drug use, i.e. mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

“And Detective Inspector Lorraine McCutcheon from Public Protection Branch, also asked the students look at the subject of domestic abuse. I am pleased to say, once again, they produced outstanding work.”

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.

Sharon Wallace, SWC, added, “#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.”



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