OPCC winning design
Designs for the annual Christmas cards of Avon and Somerset Police and Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens have been revealed.
The winning illustrations were chosen from 185 entries submitted by the force’s ‘mini police’, all of whom are primary school pupils aged 9 to 11 years old.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh selected an inspiring design by 10 year old Jessica Weeks, whilst the PCC and her team picked 9 year old Alana O’Neill’s festive illustration.
The chosen drawings focus on the importance of checking on your neighbours – particularly those who might be lonely or need a little help during the Christmas period. Loneliness can make people more vulnerable to certain crimes including cons and fraud, doorstep crime, distraction burglary and online/ telephone scams. A simple ‘hello’ provides a chance to spot the signs of abuse, reducing the likelihood of a lonely or vulnerable person being a victim of crime.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I always look forward to looking at the entries we receive for the annual Christmas card. This year we had brilliant entries that included a naughty Father Christmas, colourful snowmen and kind neighbours full of goodwill. I would like to thank all the children for sending in their creative designs.
“Alana’s and Jessica’s festive drawings carry an important message about checking on neighbours. As many of us celebrate over the Christmas period, it’s important to remember those that are vulnerable. This Christmas, I urge you to say ‘hello’ and look out for neighbours, who may be in need of friendship.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Sadly, Christmas can be a desperately lonely or difficult time for some and in every community there will be people who are struggling. Having a neighbour say ‘hello’ and check if they need help could be a person’s lifeline.
“Our mini police clearly understand the need to care for their neighbours and community and our thanks go to all the children who created their own impactful designs to convey this important message. We enjoyed looking at all of the pictures sent to us."
The winning artists will have the opportunity to visit the force as VIP guests, spending time in the force’s 999 call control room and meeting the dog operations team.
Posted on Friday 6th December 2019