Force teams up with sixth form college to inspire future detectives
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Detectives and forensic specialists are descending on Luton Sixth Form College, not to solve a grisly crime, but as part of an initiative to inspire the next generation of investigators.
Bedfordshire Police has teamed up with the Criminology department at LSFC in a new approach to help bring the subject to life for its students.
It has seen detectives give presentations on a range of subjects including how they cracked cases which have appeared on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody, while Scenes of Crimes Officers (SOCOs) from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire’s Joint Protective Services have given a range of inputs on recovering evidence. They have also been able to discuss the benefits of a career in policing.
The idea began this term and is part of a number of joint initiatives between the force and college.
Chief Superintendent David Boyle has played a key role in driving forward the work. He said: “We’ve been really impressed with the set-up and enthusiasm of everyone at the college and have been excited to explore ways we could work together. This is a great initiative which will benefit the students, and hopefully encourage some of them to consider joining Bedfordshire Police in the future.”
Head of Criminology Jakinder Kaur said: “After months of planning, this academic year the Criminology curriculum has been brought to life by utilising the specialists in our local area. On a weekly basis students have enjoyed learning from the expert SOCOs, detectives and chief inspectors themselves, who have shared details, skills and tips about their daily roles.
“This collaborative approach truly has brought the curriculum to life and is giving our students the real working experiences they crave.”
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan Brammer has already provided several inputs. He said: “It’s been fantastic to be able to get into the classroom and speak to the students about the different aspects of criminal investigations. It’s a great way of bringing the subject to life, and talk to the students about just how rewarding a career in policing can be.”
One of the students added: “I really enjoyed the session. I enjoy coming to my Criminology lessons and hearing real people speaking about their jobs and how I can apply their practice to my theory.
“It was interesting to hear about all of the varied roles that come under Bedfordshire Police, most of which I didn’t know about. I’m really glad our college gave us this opportunity.”