Pupils’ day in life of po­lice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By TARA DUN­DON tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

PUPILS have been get­ting a deep in­sight into what it is like to be a po­lice of­fi­cer across the area.

The teenagers from Hinch­ing­brooke School in Bramp­ton Road, Hunt­ing­don, were re­cently in­vited to spend a day in the life of a po­lice of­fi­cer at Ram­sey Po­lice Sta­tion in Blen­heim Road, Ram­sey.

The pupils, Ke­iron Asquith, Alice Milling­ton and Jack Tay­lor, went to learn about how peo­ple are af­fected by hate crimes mo­ti­vated by race, re­li­gion or sex­u­al­ity.

They also got to see the kinds of po­lice equip­ment of­fi­cers are trained to use in­clud­ing ba­tons, ra­dios, vests and a marked po­lice ve­hi­cle.

A Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tor (CSI) spent time talk­ing to the pupils about the ways they look for clues at a crime scene that can lead to iden­ti­fy­ing the of­fender and they had the op­por­tu­nity to turn de­tec­tive them­selves and try to dust for fin­ger­prints.

Hate crime of­fi­cer DC Jamie Brownsell said: “The pupils had expressed an in­ter­est in find­ing out more about the po­lice ser­vice as a pos­si­ble fu­ture ca­reer.

“It can be quite dif­fi­cult to or­gan­ise work ex­pe­ri­ence for young peo­ple be­cause of the na­ture of the work we do.

“I was pleased to have been able to or­gan­ise this day and hope that as it was a suc­cess we will be able to of­fer the ex­pe­ri­ence to more lo­cal stu­dents who might be in­ter­ested.”

Alice said: “We had hoped to spend our two-week work ex­pe­ri­ence with the po­lice force but when we looked through the Con­nex­ions list we were dis­ap­pointed that it ap­peared not to be an op­tion.

“But I greatly en­joyed the day and learned a lot and it has made me more en­thu­si­as­tic about join­ing the po­lice force.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about join­ing Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice or for de­tails about lo­cal of­fi­cers and neigh­bour­hood polic­ing teams, visit www. cambs.po­lice.uk

Al­ter­na­tively, res­i­dents can sign up to E-cops for email up­dates from the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood polic­ing team.

E-cops keeps res­i­dents in­formed about lo­cal is­sues and gives reg­u­lar up­dates about crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the area.

Pic­ture: row­lAnd hob­son.

RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW: Pupils Ke­iron Asquith, Alice Milling­ton and Jack Tay­lor ex­pe­ri­ence life in the day of a po­lice of­fi­cer with DC Jamie Brownsell and Pc Brid­get Cheesmur. (METP-14-05-10RH117)

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