King's Lynn College of West Anglia police taster week a great success
This month I would like to highlight the high calibre of students who attend the College of West Anglia and in particular the students enrolled on the Public Protective Services (PPS) course.
It is important that we invest in the students of today who may very well be enrolled on a cohort of student police officers in the not-too-distant future.
Between Monday and Thursday this week we have hosted a police taster week to Year 1 students on the PPS course who have all expressed an interest in becoming police officers.
Serving officers have provided the students with an opportunity to gain a real insight into what being a police officer involves. The course was organised by Norfolk Constabulary’s Positive Action Recruitment staff member, Amy Stanton, and supported by our King’s Lynn and Breckland engagement officer, PC Paula Gilluley.
Inputs from guest speakers from constabulary departments including equality and diversity, Special Constabulary, CID and local policing teams have provided the students with an awareness of the breadth of police roles within Norfolk Constabulary and the opportunity to ask serving officers exactly what it means to be a police officer today.
The students have had the opportunity to try their hand at using forensic equipment for fingerprinting, trying on our different types of uniform and to experience undertaking the National Police Fitness Test (which I am very pleased to reveal the majority not only passed but surpassed!).
The week concluded with the students delivering a presentation to a panel of senior management constabulary leads of which I was proud to be included. The quality of the students’ group presentations, on factors which influence public confidence in policing, was testament not only to the attending officers’ dedication and passion to impart their experiences and knowledge but was truly reflective of the students’ desire to get as much as possible out of the course and to take advantage of the opportunity of having access to police officers and staff from a variety of roles.
I believe that the success of this first police taster week held in Norfolk is perfectly summed by student Kenzie Lycett who said: “I have been on this course for a year but a few months ago I had really questioned whether this was a career path I wanted to follow. I had lost faith in police and didn’t believe that I had the attributes to be a police officer of the future.
“This week has completely changed my view.
“The talks the officers have given have been really interesting and particularly the advice and experience given by Special Constable Holly Jeffery has really made me understand that I do have what it takes to be not just a police officer but an officer who can make a difference.”
I look forward to being involved in future courses like this and I am certainly going to be looking out for future PC Kenzie Lycett and his fellow students who I have no doubt will make excellent officers.