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Students Get Sorted and solve murder with help of Buxton policing team

Posted on 19th March 2013

A group of students quizzed police on a range of topics including careers and crime prevention – and even had the chance to solve a mocked-up murder.

College and university students packed into Buxton Dome for a special Get Sorted fair.

Stalls and information stands were held by a group of organisations including Derbyshire police, the NHS and Fair Trade.

Officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team spoke to hundreds of students throughout the day about crime prevention and how to keep themselves safe from harm.

The students were then encouraged to solve a fictional murder by using descriptions of college staff to track down suspects.


PC Mark Parkinson helped organise the team’s stand.

He said: “We had a fantastic response on the day and it was really pleasing to see so many students taking an interest in their own safety and ways they can protect themselves from crime.

“Our stall was particularly eye-catching, with a police cordon and chalk outline of a murder victim, which proved to be a useful way of getting the students to engage with us.

“They all seemed to take a lot away from it and will hopefully now be better equipped to stay safe.”

Student Katie Taylor said: “The officers were full of information about crimes and what you can do to stay safe. It was really useful.”

Get Sorted was organised by students at the University of Derby in Buxton and Buxton College.

It was held at Devonshire Dome, in Devonshire Road, on Thursday, March 14.

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