Students had an exciting taster of the type of work carried out by the police in order to prevent crime, during an exciting, one-week work experience placement.
Students studying public services at New City College - Epping Forest, shadowed various officers during a crime prevention awareness campaign, involving showing the public different gadgets to promote crime prevention around Essex.
Students spent time inside the station learning and understanding what each crime prevention item was, before demonstrating and explaining what these items were to members of the public.
Officers at Essex Police commended the students on their professional behavior, and reported on how motivated and enthusiastic they were while working alongside them, presenting themselves and the college in a positive manner, showing communication skills and personal skills in relatability and approachability.
John Berwick, Police Sergeant said:
Working with potential future officers demonstrated that the youth looking to join the public services are willing and capable of protecting our community for generations to come. The students' ability to talk to a stranger showed that by being themselves, barriers are broken down and relationships are made, which includes the connection made with the community policing team who have gained form the experience also.
A student that participated said:
At my work experience I was able to gain experience talking to the public. This experience allowed us to see what type of work the police do. I found that there is more to the police than just stopping crime, but a big part of it is preventing crime
Looking to join the success? The Epping Forest Campus is taking applications for next September! The unique Uniformed Protective Services courses still have limited spaces available. Find out more about 16-18 and 19+ courses at the open evening on Tuesday 4th February.
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