An officer who sourced £20,000 funding towards an education film tackling the dangers of party drug mephedrone is the latest nominee for Isle of Man Newspapers’ Community Police Officer of the Year Award.
Head of the Youth Justice Team Inspector Paul Bryan has been nominated by Bev Lawley, of the Reel Life Education Project, for his hard work obtaining funding from the seized assets fund.
Once completed, Ben, will be shown at the island’s secondary schools – and hopefully schools in the UK too.
Paul said: ‘Mephedrone is a real issue and something we need to educate our young people about. That’s why both myself and the Chief Constable [Gary Roberts] wanted to support this project.’
He found out about the latest project when he was invited to the premiere of Amy, a film which tackles a range of issues faced by young people.
Ben follows the story of a freerunner, played by Will Sutton, who has a promising career and a nice set of friends. He is influenced by a strong character, Mikey, who encourages Ben to take mephedrone, and how it affects his life.
Bev said: ‘The message is in a non-patronising way, how drugs can affect your life in so many different ways with sometimes severe consequences.’
Ben was shot in Manchester in December and it is hoped that filming will finish in the island this month. A screening at the Villa Marina is planned for April/May.
‘We hope the message within these films has an impact on young people and without Paul’s help this would not have been attainable,’ Bev said.
The project cost about £35,000, and support has come from local businesses too.
Georgia Quilliam, 17, went to Manchester as a camera loader. There was also a runner from Manchester who is a recovering ketamine addict.
Bev said: ‘We hope young people will be encouraged to come on board as trainees in all departments including acting to make the next film which hopefully will deal with a different issue faced by young people.’
Paul, 48, has served with the Isle of Man Constabulary for 22 years. He said it was ‘quite humbling’ to be nominated.
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