On Wednesday 4 March, 12 Notre Dame students got a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of the West Yorkshire Police.
The students, who are studying a variety of courses, had already attended a talk from the West Yorkshire Police at college and expressed an interest in policing careers. On March 4, they had the chance to visit the Carr Gate Training Centre near Wakefield, where they took part in activities designed to help them understand the range of careers available with the police. The experience day was organised in collaboration with Go Higher West Yorkshire, and more than 50 students attended from a variety of sixth forms and colleges in our region. The University of Huddersfield, Leeds Trinity University and University Centre Leeds were also involved, as all three offer routes into policing through traditional degrees and degree level apprenticeships.
After introducing the students to these different modes of learning, current officers spoke to the students about their own workplace experiences and pathways into their career. Our students learnt about the huge variety of roles available within policing operations, including firearms policing, IT services, specialist operations, forensics, and criminal investigation.
Later in the morning, the students were given a tour of the complex, saw drones in operation, and were introduced to the vehicles used by traffic police. Sitting in the driver's seat and working the sirens was a highlight of the day for some! Others preferred meeting West Yorkshire's stable of police horses and their handlers, as they were preparing for duty at football matches that evening. After lunch, students took part in an interactive search scenario, using police techniques to scour a field for evidence. Students were also introduced to profiling, finger printing and crime scene investigation.
There was a final chance to ask questions of police staff before the visit ended with thanks to all involved. After a day packed with valuable insights and information, our students were energized and motivated to pursue their chosen career.