Coloma 6th Form student, Simone Eligon, recently had the privilege of attending New Scotland Yard to interview the Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) of the Metropolitan Police, Lucy D’Orsi, as part of Newsquest’s Young Reporter Scheme. A one-to-one interview with such a senior officer is extremely rare and a great privilege.
Simone had been tasked with researching the Metropolitan Police’s publicity campaign, ACT for Youth ‘Run, Hide, Tell’, which educates young people on what to do if they find themselves caught up in a terrorist incident. Simone’s full report can be found here on This Is Local London.
After the interview, Mrs Johnson, Headteacher at Coloma received a letter from the Directorate of Media and Communications, Metropolitan Police, in which Press Officer, Adam French said, “I was extremely impressed with the way Simone conducted herself… [she] handled it with a poise and confidence that belied her age. Simone had clearly done a great deal of background research into the subject and the questions she prepared were well considered and on-point”.
Mr French pointed out that during the interview, Simone had asked DAC D’Orsi about an ambassador scheme linked to the campaign. This had not previously been considered by the Police but DAC D’Orsi is now looking into how one could be delivered.
Congratulations, Simone, on an excellent piece of journalism and for playing a significant part in raising safety awareness for London’s young people.