One wrong decision might have affect for a lifetime: The Re-Action program
The Re-Action Program (hereinafter referred to as Program) started in 2014 as the successor of the Interactive Police Program. The program is conducted by the National Crime Prevention Council.
The highlighted purposes of the Program:
1. Deepening the knowledge of crime prevention and building active knowledge
2. Moderating aggression in schools
3. Preventing crimes and drug abuse among young people
4. Promoting positive attitude
The National Crime Prevention Council mainly chooses those schools to participate where there are trained police officers or teachers introducing basic knowledge about crime prevention to students. Finding a proper place is an important part of the selection procedure, because it is an outdoor program. In every single occasion the program reaches about 200-250 students, their parents and their teachers as well. Volunteer students, certain police forces and vigilantes help us carrying out the program.
The program starts with interactive workshops in minor groups. In these groups different types of topics are discussed, for example first aid, decisions in different situations, on-line risks, drug prevention, control of surroundings, recognizing and handling conflicts, education through experience.
After these workshops, everybody comes to the common place, where the moderator tells short stories to introduce the following shows: self-defence, police measure tactics, and measures of police dogs. The public is involved in introducing stories related to crime prevention.
After these shows different kinds of situations are played. The actors are from the public and the helpers. These stories show everyday life situations in which there are decision points, where it can be shown, how a decision may affect the future. These situations are related to drugs, heist, harassment, affray and on-line harassment. Via these situations we can teach the students about prevention as an experience. The situations are able to teach to understand the perspectives both of the victim and the perpetrator. Such performances can make the students face not only crimes but the circumstances as well, for example an injury, the risk of using drugs, injury of a vehicle, or a first step towards prison.
At the end of the program there is a simulation of a road accident. The wrecked car is set on fire and is quenched by firefighters.
The secret success element of the Program is the way we show how everyday life situations can turn into crimes. We would like to show how the situation affects the victim or the perpetrator, and how we can change our decision to make a win-win situation.
Drawing on the right side of the brain
The project started in 2014 and is still running. One of the most popular reintegration programs among inmates is called ‘drawing on the right side of the brain’ financed by the National Crime Prevention Council. The program aims not only to develop drawing skills but to deepen self-consciousness and to ensure a more realistic self-esteem. The success-experience that can be easily reached by the inmates strengthens their self-confidence and helps to dissolve their inhabitations and tensions. Working in groups subserves better social skills such as empathy, tolerance, the ability to liaise comfortably with people and to pay attention to others.
Due to this activity prisoners’ focus becomes more concentrated and longer while their visual perception, fantasy and aesthetic sense evolve. The kick off of the program was in 2014 and the National Crime Prevention Council supports it ever since. We provide courses not only directly for the inmates but for the reintegration-officers too who in our intentions will be able to organize and facilitate these courses on their own. From 2014 until now we trained more than 50 reintegration officers and reached more than a thousand inmates through the program.
“Save Gordon!” is a crime prevention program based on experiential education developed by the Crime Prevention Subdivision of Zala County Police Headquarters in the framework of a project financed by the National Crime Prevention Council called “Network for safety”. The idea of the program is based on the experience that in a world full of information and stimulus it is hard to achieve objectives with preventive trainings in schools. Previously it was easy to attract the attention of the students with topics like drugs and crimes, but now all the information is available on the internet. With transforming the prevention topics into a playful form, we try to regain the attention of the children.
The concept of the program is based on the popular “escape games” because in our point of view information can better be provided through this communication channel to the age group of 10-14. In the program there are hidden information about certain topics of crime prevention and after the program students are more open to listen to police officers.
When planning the program we concentrated on cooperative working methods. In team work children can achieve goals with helping each other and not with rivalry. Team work requires taking responsibility for a common goal – with all its advantages and difficulties. Students work off a given topic together, they share the information and learning experiences with each other. They succeed and fail together and learn how to handle it.