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Public Services students gain insight into life in the police force

Published: 03/02/2017

Public Services students learned about life as a police officer, PCSO and special constable during a visit from Wiltshire Police.

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Level 3 Public Services students were given a real-life scenario experience by officers in the Police Force and asked to discuss how they would hand the situation and what they would need to do. This exercise forms part of the actual interview process for those applying for a police role.

The force’s recruitment team visited the Lackham campus to talk to Level 3 students, many of whom are interested in careers within the police.

As well as giving the students an overview about Wiltshire Police, the students took part in three activities to learn more about the various routes into the forces, roles and the skills they would need to have and demonstrate in the recruitment process.

There was also a picture dictation exercise, where students sat back to back to each other and took it in turns to describe and draw a picture using communication and observation skills.

Barbara Masters, who is the People Services Delivery Manager and in charge of the recruitment team at Wiltshire Police, said: “Our recruitment teams go out into the community, but this is the first time we have engaged directly with students on the Public Services course and it has worked extremely well.

“We were able to raise awareness of Wiltshire Police and what a fantastic place it is to work, dispel any myths they may have had about life in the force and also get their ideas and feedback on ways to recruit in the future.”

Public Services lecturer Sue Davis, who helped organise the visit, said: “A lot of our students want to become police officers and so this has been a fantastic opportunity for them.

“The activities really gave them the chance to see what they would need and be required to do if they wanted to join the police or if they got selected for interview.”

Tobias Southgate is a second year Level 3 student, who progressed on from Level 2.

The 18-year-old chose to student Public Services as he felt this would be a good way to prepare him for a career in the police force.

He said: “I really enjoyed the session with Wiltshire Police and feel it will definitely be helpful to any of my fellow students who are thinking about a career in the police.

“I recently became a special constable as I felt this would be a good route for me to join the police.

“If anyone is interested and over the age of 18, the crime commissioner is looking for 500 new special constables by the end of this year.

“It is a really good experience.

“Even though you don’t get paid, you learn so much and it is really food for improving self-confidence.

“I really feel like I am doing something worthwhile.

If you would like more information about becoming a special constable or you want to apply visit http://www.wiltshirepolicespecials.co.uk/.

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