Officers from the Armed Response Unit joined students at Wiltshire College recently for a starring role in front of the cameras.
In September Firearms and Knife Education (FAKE) project leader PC Kevin Harmsworth visited the BTEC TV and Film students to give them a professional brief; to organise, film and carry out post production on a short film highlighting the dangers of carrying imitation firearms.
Groups of students each produced a scenario from the brief and the winning team was chosen by Inspector Dave Eddy, PC Harmsworth and their course Programme Leader Simon Weintroub, based on their concept, initiative and team ethos reflecting that of the FAKE project.
Then last month, November 22, the winning students, Chris Deakin, Luke Waitman and Pearl Neilson, were joined by classmates who acted out the scenario, along with four Armed Response Officers and PC Harmsworth.
“We were really fortunate with the weather and it was great to see the proposal come to life after weeks of planning”, commented 18-year-old Pearl from Trowbridge, videographer in the winning team.
The scenario, filmed at the derelict Bowyers Factory site in Trowbridge, was a dramatisation of a popular Army video game with the student actors being confronted by the Armed Response Unit, demonstrating how they respond to incidents with weapons in real life.
Simon Weintroub, Programme Leader for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in TV and Film said: “Having the opportunity to work with an outside client, particularly one such as Wiltshire Police, provides our learners with the invaluable experience of working to a professional brief. This meant that rather than just create their own idea, they had to listen to and consult with a client and develop an idea, based on what the Police wanted. This provided a perfect simulation of what life in the industry will be like.”
Sergeant Dave Ibbott from the Armed Response Group, who was involved in the filming said: “It has been great to interact with the staff and students from Wiltshire College. We are confident that it will lead to a greater understanding of our role in the community and enhance the education of young people across Wiltshire and Swindon about the dangers of carrying imitation firearms.”
PC Harmsworth added: “For a lot of people, their first experience with the Police is because something bad has happened or they have done something wrong, so it is fantastic to spend time with young people from our community to show them that we are not just ‘uniforms’ and let them see what kind of situations we have to deal with.”
The students are working on the film in post-production now with the aim of completion by Christmas, and the finished product will be used by the FAKE team in presentations to young people across Wiltshire and Swindon to demonstrate the dangers of carrying imitation weapons.
Luke, aged 18, from Trowbridge, was one of the team working on the film and took the role of producer for the task. He said: “This experience has been incredible, a fantastic opportunity to put my skills into practice as part of a professional project. From organising the venue to arranging the shots and liaising with Wiltshire Police, it has really taught me how to use what I have learnt at Wiltshire College in the real world and I am sure it will be a priceless experience for my desired career as a production manager when I finish my course.”
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