Pembrokeshire College is delighted to be collaborating with Dyfed Powys Police Force in a partnership that has been set up to ensure that College learners understand the challenges and opportunities in modern policing.
Over recent months a number of events have taken place including a two-day career familiarisation course at Dyfed Powys Police Headquarters where PCSO’s and Special Constables informed students what their roles involve within their local communities. Police defence and resistance training sessions also took place, educating learners on how the police enforce safe resilience.
Public Services students also participated in a mock selection day where they were able to experience the various recruitment stages when applying to work for the force.
Level three Public Services student Cailin Evans who is hoping to one day become a Police Officer explained how beneficial she has found these sessions; “They introduced the ways in which we can apply to become an officer, or PCSO. This benefited me hugely and during one session they presented the role of Cadet Team Leader to numerous students. Following this, my name was put forward for the role – I have recently applied.
Furthermore, we had experience of Officer Safety training which introduced me to the different skills and techniques police officers use when they are dealing with an offender who is posing a challenge. We were given various equipment, which gave me the chance to feel what it is like to be an officer and an offender in that given situation. We used training bats and bags, and pepper spray with goggles.
Overall, the experience I have with Dyfed Powys Police, has fuelled my ambitions to become a Police Officer and has given me a valuable insight into the role and responsibilities made by my local Police Force.”
One of the most informative sessions was the Career Familiarisation Programme. This included the students visiting the Armed Response Unit; practising the technique of fingerprint lifting; experiencing being breathalysed; packaging evidence in custody effectively; viewing and experiencing custody cells; and witnessing the procedure when a detainee comes into custody. Each of these gave students an insight into the everyday working of the Police Force.
Guest speakers from across the Force were also invited to speak with students directly on career pathways. Students were involved in various activities which gave them a real taste for the frontline role as a police officer.
Lecturer Ben Coates expressed how this was a real game changer for the students; “This partnership with Dyfed Powys Police has been a great new opportunity for all this year. It has been really good to see the students engaged and enjoying the guest speakers and the activities they have been involved with. These activities have ranged from assisting in a Mock Selection process to officer safety training and simple career talks. The students still talk about some of these events and the officers that ran them. I’m looking forward to what we can do next year”.
Curriculum Area Manager, Suzanne Thomas added; “The collaboration with Dyfed Powys Police is an exciting opportunity for learners to find out all about the wide variety of roles within the police force. A schedule of activities throughout the year enables practical exercises, guest speakers and placement opportunities.”
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