A DETERMINED former policeman is on a mission to keep the city’s schoolchildren out of trouble.
Mick Amos is visiting primary schools across Leeds with the HMP Not 4 Me campaign, which aims to inform pupils about criminal responsibilities and the consequences of their actions.
As part of the educational day, Mick brings a replica prison cell to schools to give pupils an idea of what life might be like behind bars.
Founder Mick, 33, from Wakefield, said: “We’re really pleased to be launching HMP Not 4 Me in Leeds.
“Feedback about the days which have already been carried out has been superb.
“The pupils get a real-life insight into what it is like to be a prisoner for the day, wearing prison uniforms, learning about drugs, alcohol and crime and its negative consequences.
“The day is thought provoking, impressionable and leaves lasting thoughts in the children’s minds.
“We hope we can inspire schools in Leeds to join in and book a day thus enhancing young lives by making better citizens.”
Mick added: “Crime touches so many lives. That’s why we want to do everything we can to educate children and prove that early intervention and understanding of crime is really important.”
The HMP Not 4 Me days are aimed at Year 5 and 6 pupils and is designed to fit into the National Curriculum and other guidelines from the Department for Education.
The age of criminal responsibility in the UK is 10 years old, which is why Mick is keen to get school on board and educate children and prevent them from becoming involved with crime at young ages.
Mick added: “Under 18s commit a quarter of all crimes in the UK. With the cuts in young peoples services in Leeds, it is important that the children aged 10 and above understand what consequences their actions can have and that they are on the right path from a young age.”
To find out more about HMP Not 4 Me, or to find out more about the set up of the educational days, visit the website at www.hmpnot4me.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.