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Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Project

West Herts College Journalism students have teamed up with Dacorum Neighbourhood Watch to produce a newsletter, raising awareness of crime prevention and safer communities.

The newsletter will feature advice for young people on how to stay safe on the streets and online, and will share local news stories.

10,000 printed copies of the newsletter will be going out to homes across Dacorum and 15,000 electronic copies will be sent out to mailing list subscribers.

Richard Roberts, County Councillor for Kings Langley, and Sandra Jackson, Neighbourhood Watch Dacorum District Coordinator, will be overseeing the project.

Richard said: “It’s great to see the students here speaking up for other young people on how to stay safe both in the real and virtual world. It’s heart-warming to see and spreading the right message is so important. We’re honoured to be part of the project.”

Sandra Jackson is excited to get the students on-board with their creative minds. She said: “I’ve been blown away by the professionalism of the students. The dedication, time and effort they’ve put into this project is evident from the presentations we’ve seen.

“Hearing about what topics matter to them and the passion they have to share these with other young people is amazing. Adults can tell young people how to stay safe in the real world but if it’s coming from a peer group it’s much more powerful and relevant.”

Journalism tutor Annette Griffith approached the Neighbourhood Watch with the idea of students contributing to the newsletter and expressed her delight at the partnership. She said: “We are very happy to have secured this project for the Journalism students. It is a great opportunity for them to build industry experience, gain valuable lessons on how to work and engage with a client and produce written articles to a professional level which will be read by a wide audience. All of these qualities will look good on their CV but will also help to develop their confidence.