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Fact-finding visit to Parkside Police Station to discuss bike safety and diversity

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A group of Long Road Criminology students visited Parkside Police Station to find out more about policing in Cambridgeshire, ways to increase diversity in the police, and about increasing bike safety.  Andy Goodwin, Head of Progression, reports:

“Last year the Long Road Enterprise Group was asked to create a film for the police to promote bike safety, and to raise awareness about BME (black and minority ethnic) recruitment into the police. The aim of today’s event was to find out more about policing in Cambridgeshire. We had an introductory talk by DCI Steve Kerridge, followed by talks on drugs misuse in the county, BME recruitment and also bike safety.

“Two of the students present will also be joining PC Rob Tindall and me to give a talk to Media, Film and Art (Graphics) students about bike safety issues. These students will then be offered two live, competitive, briefs to produce a film and a separate poster for the police to use to address these issues. The film will be posted on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website, and the posters put up across Cambridgeshire and adjacent counties.

“Winners of the chosen film/poster will be invited to present their work to senior members of Cambridgeshire Constabulary later in the year.  At that ceremony, and in recognition of their work, TV/Press representatives will be invited to come and film/write about the project. This will be not only an exciting experience for our students but also an excellent way for them to boost their personal statements, CVs and portfolios.”

Tom Genillard, Criminology course team leader adds: “It’s great that our students have had this opportunity to get into the work environment of the police station and see firsthand what it would be like to have this job on a day-to-day basis. By taking part in this event, they can ensure that their CV stands out from the crowd. This work will also directly help their Criminology studies as they were able to not only how the media influences the reporting of crime but also the power that a successful crime campaign can have on the fight against crime.”

Photo: Annice Warner tries on the uniform