Students enjoy one-of-a-kind tour of Police HQ in Exeter

Second year BTEC Public Services Level 3 Extended Diploma students and Foundation Degree students were given a unique opportunity when they were invited to an Insight Day at Devon and Cornwall Police HQ at Middlemoor in Exeter.

Group of public services students at Police HQ with Police Inspector

Throughout the day, the students gained valuable knowledge of policing, with particular focus on the Dog Handling Team, Armed Response Team, the Control Room and the Training Department.

The students were shown a variety of weapons and equipment by the Armed Response Team before being given the chance to ask a range of questions. A canine display showed off the Dog Handling Team as the dogs demonstrated their ability to find technology and apprehend suspects. In the control room, the students were introduced to the call handlers and the systems used. Members of the Training Department then walked the students through the qualifications available, giving valuable insight into the process of becoming a Police Officer.

Louise Coley, Deputy Team Leader for Sport and Public Services at the College, commented that: “Policing is a key career option for several of the students on the Truro College Public Services programmes, including students on the Foundation Degree in Public Services, especially as they are required to study Law, Police Powers, Criminology, Security Studies, Custodial Care and Behaviour units that all are linked to policing and the criminal justice system. An invaluable experience for the students at all levels of study. All these areas are essential aspects of policing and it was a privilege for the students to be afforded an insight into them.”

Inspector Miles Topham, who organised the trip for the students, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to promote the careers available within the police service to the students, building on the beneficial partnership we have developed with Truro College.”