Cyber crime competition launched in West Yorkshire (7 Sept 2017)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are calling on schools to help in the fight against Cyber Crime.

The first ever cyber contest has been set up to encourage students from years seven, eight and nine to create a product that delivers key safety messages to help people stay safe online.

Teams can win a trophy and certificates as well as a tour of West Yorkshire Police's specialist operations site at Carr Gate, Wakefield. The Mounted Section, Dog Section and Helicopter are based there.

And the product can take any form - for example an engaging website, impactive leaflet, phone app or even a rap or spoken message.

As part of the contest, schools will have to fully evidence that they have evaluated their entry with a sample audience to make sure it works effectively in delivering key safety messages.

Teams have to confirm that are taking part by Friday October 6 with entries submitted by Monday December 17.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said:

"Cyber Crime is a growing threat and it is important we all take steps to make the criminals' lives harder.

"Young people have a part to play in helping to educate people about the positives of the cyber world in which we now live but also the risks that come with it. This competition aims to use their knowledge and understanding to help others."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"We really want this competition to be a big success in raising awareness and preventing cyber crime. However we can't do it alone so we're calling on our local schools to help us.

"Cyber crime can have a truly detrimental effect on its victims and tackling it is a clear focus for us and our partners. Young people are crucial in helping us to tackle these issues, not only will they raise awareness in in their schools and among their peers, but they will also take it home and speak to their parents, guardians and wider loved ones.

"The very best of luck to all those who enter and I look forward to seeing the innovative, creative resources produced in a couple of months' time."

Successful shortlisted entrants will be notified the week commencing January 15, 2018, with the overall winners selected at a prestigious Cyber Contest awards event, broadcast live on social media on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Letters have already been sent to all qualifying schools in West Yorkshire inviting them to take part.

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