Local Police Officer talks counter-terrorism

As the people of Cornwall and Devon remain vigilant after numerous terrorist attacks across the globe, aspiring Police Officers and security personnel took their first interactive lesson in counter terrorism.

First year FdSc Public Services students at Truro and Penwith College stepped into the shoes of a Senior Counter Terrorism Police Officer to learn more about the role and to discover potential career paths after their degree level studies.

Youth Intervention Officer, Jay Dorman from Devon and Cornwall Police held the counter terrorism training session and reiterated the importance of awareness.

Jay said: “Over fifty countries have now been subjected to various terrorist attacks. Within this session, students acted as Senior Terrorism Police Officers dealing with a fictitious terrorist scenario to experience what it’s like to make decisions and to realise the importance of intelligence and information given.”

Ex-Police Officer and Public Services Lecturer Tim Staynings was very enthusiastic about getting the University level students involved in real life experiences.

Tim said: “Today's session was designed to introduce the topic of terrorism as students embark on the next phase of their Security, War and Conflict module. By working with people who deal with these situations every day, students get an improved learning experience and a realistic insight into their potential future careers.”

Student at the TEF Gold rated College, Adonika Price from St Austell has always wanted to join the police force and knew that the Public Services foundation degree would be the right choice for her career.

Adonika said: “Being part of the police force in Cornwall is just something that I’ve always wanted to do and this course is exactly what I need to help get me started. The small class sizes work really well for interactive aspects like this; they feel much more focused and you can ask questions rather than being afraid to in larger lecture theatres.”

“Truro College is also very close to home where I already have my life set up; I didn’t want to move away from Cornwall and its beautiful beaches to study,” she added.

To find out more about the Public Services course and other University Courses offered at Truro and Penwith College, please visit the University courses page.