Fearless, our youth brand, have encouraged students to stand up to crime through a dramatic performance at Derby College on 26 January 2015.

Our Derbyshire team commissioned actors from not-for-profit drama company Stepladder, to create a series of performances which led to a show at the Joseph Wright Centre. They performed sketches and a song called "Do The Right Thing" as part of the performance, to help inform young people about crime, how to contact Fearless.org and to find out more about how the youth service can help.

Students from Derby College and Landau Forte College were invited to the event, which was part-funded by Derbyshire PCC, Alan Charles. Mayor of Derby, Shiraz Khan, and High Sheriff of Derbyshire, David Coleman were also present, as well as Deputy PCC of Derbyshire Hardyal Dhindsa, who introduced the performance.

"The Stepladder productions and Fearless service are a great way to help increase confidence in young people and provide another option for those who can offer vital information to the Police."

Hardyal Dhindsa, Deputy PCC of Derbyshire

Inspiring young people to stand up to crime

To date, Stepladder has worked with around 3300 young people in schools, colleges and young people’s skills fairs and a street dance routine was created for a local arts festival. One of the workshops at the Derbyshire event was called "One Can’t Hurt, Can It?", which deals with the issue of drugs and the broader issues of trust, status, doing the right thing and where young people can go for help.

The last six months of 2014 showed a 26 per cent increase in visits to the Fearless website compared to the same period in 2013.

It has been such a success that the PCC has now agreed to fund a second phase of school performances taking place during this term.

“We need to communicate with young people in their language and I believe the Stepladder performance is a great success by using actors of a similar age group. We're keen to share the Fearless message across as many schools and youth organisations as possible and Derbyshire City and County Council Community Safety teams have been extremely supportive in helping us achieve this.”

Louise Gratton, Chair of Derbyshire Crimestoppers Committee