Posted on 25th February 2015
Police and partners are teaming up over the coming months to create a film aimed at highlighting the dangers of ‘sexting’.
The feature film will follow the lives of a young couple who find themselves in an unfortunate situation after they share illicit images over text message and social media.
Glossop officers will be teaming up with Stockport College and Len Howarth, who first thought up the concept, throughout the film project.
‘Betrayal’, which aims to raise awareness of the serious consequences of sharing such images, will be piloted in Glossop secondary schools later this year. The film will be delivered in eight parts to allow for a class discussion sessions alongside police and partners.
The filming will be overseen by Tutor Andrew Percival and will star students from Stockport College as part of their coursework.
Filming will begin next month and will feature High Peak locations including areas around Glossop, Hadfield Police House and unused council buildings in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Inspector Barry Doyle of the Buxton North Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams said: “This will be a great opportunity for local schools to work with Stockport College and other agencies in a project to target the misuse of social media.
“I am looking forward to working with the team from Stockport to produce this film and would like to thank them, and Len, for their support to raise awareness of a very important issue”
Len Howarth added: “It is fantastic to see that my idea is now coming to life and will hopefully save some young people from getting involved in this sort of crime.
“I am also very proud to know that both the media and drama students are getting hands on experience to help with their course work, whilst helping to make a big difference to others.
“I am hoping that the film will help to make a difference the same as my previous project ‘Malicious’ which has been rolled out to schools in the Stockport and Manchester areas and has been picked up by many agencies.”
The film follows previous work between Greater Manchester Police, Stockport College and Len Howarth, where the film ‘Malicious’ was created to break down barriers between police and the local community. Peter Fahey, Chief Constable at Greater Manchester Police, awarded Len for his work with the local community following this project.
Andrew Percival, programme leader for Foundation Degree TV Production at Stockport College, said: "We're all incredibly excited about the start of filming on ‘Betrayal’ - to be entrusted with such a high-profile project whilst still student programme-makers is a mark of the trust in which our collaborators hold us after the "Malicious" project two years ago.
“From the point of view of the students themselves, seeing all their hard work and planning begin to materialise before their eyes is incredibly rewarding. There are few more exciting creative relationships than that between a director and their principal actors on a set - it's great to witness the creative synergy as the drama unfolds. But this project represents much more than that - it's a chance for us to make a difference and influence the lives of others - what student of television production wouldn't leap at that?"
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.