On Friday 5 May, forty Public Services students from Leeds City College visited CU Scarborough for a degree taster session. The free event was structured to support those considering a career in policing and to introduce them to a university setting.
As the day’s introductions were being made, the students witnessed a very convincing role play of a volatile, public argument. Police Officers intervened and calmed the situation, as they would in a real-life scenario.
The students were asked to consider how public order situations like this one should be dealt with; how do witnesses feel? How do the police intervene in this digital age where everyone has a camera phone at the ready? What skills do they need in order to manage the situation? They went on to discuss discretion, use of language, justifiable actions and duty of care.
During the afternoon the students attended two sessions. The first was with CU Scarborough’s Policing Lecturer, Keith Waite. This short seminar outlined the Policing course content and progression routes from their Public Services BTEC with Leeds City College onto a degree with CU Scarborough.
The second session was with Inspector Graeme Kynman, Nigel Horsley (Multi-Agency Team Sergeant) and Will Lane (Beat Manager, Scarborough Town Centre). The students discussed their motivations for joining the police service and key characteristics needed, such as resilience.
During the session, the students learnt about the history of the service and made comparisons between policing in the 1800s and modern day policing, where modern challenges and threats present a significantly different landscape. They also talked about developments occurring within the police service now and how these might affect their own careers in the service in the not too distant future.
Thanks go to all the people involved in organising the day, including Keith Waite, Inspector Graeme Kynman, Nigel Horsley, and Will Lane.
Places are still available for 2017 entry onto the Policing course at CU Scarborough. For more information visit the CU Scarborough website or telephone 01723 336700.