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HoW College students takeover West Mercia Police

07 December 2016

HoW College students takeover West Mercia Police

Heart of Worcestershire College’s (HoW College) Public Services students Emily Williams and Joe Watkins swapped their usual college life for a day as a constable. The students joined seven others from across Worcestershire for the West Mercia Police student takeover day.

The day was a chance for young people to learn more about the different roles and responsibilities of police men and women. The students took part in numerous activities including investigating a realistic crime scene.

Speaking about her experience, Level 3 Public Services student, Emily Williams, said:

“It was really interesting looking around the different facilities. We visited the custody suite – I didn’t expect anyone to be in there.”

Fellow student, Joe Watkins, added:

“I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the student takeover day with the police. It gave me a really interesting and exciting insight in to the types of roles available and the sort of work that is carried out on a day to day basis.”

Reflecting on the day, Custody Inspector, Andrew Holiday, said:

“It’s great to get the involvement of young people and show them what happens behind the scenes.”

Superintendent, Kevin Purcell, commented:

“West Mercia Police consider themselves to be leaders in the implementation of the children and young person plan for policing. This is a good example of both learning from children and young people and giving them the opportunity to under what we do and get their views. Most importantly though it is one of my most enjoyable days.”

The students ended the day by taking part in a mock press conference. The experience itself gave the students the opportunity to learn more about the professions available to them once they finish their college course. HoW College is committed to integrating work experience alongside all of its courses to give students the opportunity to acquire skills that will prepare them for employment, an apprenticeship or higher education.