BA (Hons) Policing students join Nottinghamshire Police as Special Constables

Seven new Special Constables were formally welcomed to Nottinghamshire Police at their attestation ceremony.

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BA (Hons) Policing students with Phil Rudkin, course leader, and Tracey Pearsall, Nottinghamshire Police

On Monday 4 June, our first cohort of BA (Hons) Policing students took their oaths at a formal attestation ceremony following an intensive initial training programme. The ceremony was attended by friends and family of the Special Constables, as well as academic staff from the course and members of Nottinghamshire Police. Also in attendance was Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, and Chief Inspector Shaun Ostle, Head of the Force’s Local Policing Unit and Citizens in Policing Department.

During the first year of their degree, the students have been undergoing a mixture of academic and practical police training. One of the practical aspects is the Professional Practice module, during which they have completed a set number of duty hours as a Special Constables. Special Constables are volunteer officers who have the same powers as a regular officer and take part in frontline police work.

Under the tutorship of Nottinghamshire Police, the students have gained knowledge of offences, powers of arrest, stop and search and powers of entry. They have also learnt how to use Nottinghamshire Police’s Niche RMS, Airwave radios and mobile devices, as well as first aid and officer protection training. Their studies at NTU have covered the theme of Crime Investigation, including victim/witness interviewing and suspect interviewing using the P.E.A.C.E model.

Now the students have been sworn in, they will embark upon a period of mentoring by an experienced operational police officer. This will allow them to use and enhance the knowledge they have learnt, and develop new skills while engaging with the general public and the local community.

Course leader Phil Rudkin said: “I am extremely proud of all of the students, they have worked hard over what has been a full academic year condensed into six months. The students have grown in confidence and ability and I feel extremely assured that they will represent NTU and Nottinghamshire Police positively over the years to come. It was nice to see so many family members supporting their loved ones at what is an apprehensive time for both the student and their family as they utilise their powers to keep us all safe.”

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BA (Hons) Policing students join Nottinghamshire Police as Special Constables

Published on 6 June 2018
  • Category: Current students; School of Social Sciences

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