Television and film students found themselves in the frame for high praise after filming and editing a video to boost confidence in local policing.

Five level two students at Darlington College worked on the video, which features officers giving out crime reduction advice and helping reduce antisocial behaviour through high-visibility street patrols.

Senior officers were so impressed with the results that the students received a superintendent’s commendation — an accolade normally reserved for non-police officers who show outstanding bravery to prevent crime or protect others.

Durham Chief Superintendent Graham Hall said: “We have been trying to engage with the public to get our messages over and we are delighted with the work the students have done to achieve this.”

Course tutor Mike Chapman said: “There is no substitute for working to real-life pressures, having a client to please — so this has been an incredible learning experience for them.”

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Cap: Students Reece Nash, Aidan Fisher, both aged 19, Aaron Ball, Danielle Jameson, both 18, and James Liddell, 19, with Darlington neighbourhood inspector Mick Button (left) and Chief Superintendent Graham Hall


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