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Officers from the MSOC team are challenging school kids to make the grade in a new initiative aimed at improving leadership skills

The Matrix Schools Challenge is being piloted at the Hawthorne Free School on Fernhill Road, Bootle.

MSOC officers, working with our partners in the NHS and Army, are running the initiative that includes presentations about the effects of crime, team building exercises and talks about leadership skills.

The aim of the initiative is to illustrate the harmful effects that crime can have on individuals and the wider community and enhancing their practical skills.

A five day residential course with the army will see the school children completing further courses and is set to take place later this month.

Children who successfully pass the course will be presented with a certificate by officers

Chief Inspector Jonathan Davies, said: “We have run a number of initiatives tackling the issues causing young people to become involved in gangs and crime.

“The Matrix Schools Challenge is a great way for us to interact with school children and talk to them about the impact crime can have and at the same time challenging them to improve their own leadership and team building skills.

“We have had some really positive feedback from the school kids so far and hope they get as much out of this course as possible and we are hoping this initiative will be taken up by other schools on Merseyside.”

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