Three students at Brooke Weston have won coveted places on a community scheme run by Northamptonshire Police which will enable them to experience different aspects of police work.
Haydn Bennett, Shaun Morton and Cameron Cross were each selected for the ‘Jam in the Hood’ project after an interview. So far they have seen the police cells, conducted a crime survey, visited an old people's home as part of community liaison and are soon due to take part in riot training.
Future activities include visiting the police dog and firearms units, speaking to traffic officers and tackling the police fitness test.There is also an adventure training weekend away in January.
The project, which takes place on Tuesday nights, first began in Corby five years ago. It has proved so successful that it has been rolled out across Northamptonshire and other police forces are considering running similar schemes in their areas. On successful completion participants earn an Asdan accreditation in community work.
PCSO Alex Franklin, who is one of the instructors, said: ‘You see a difference from day one. We take them to see things that regular members of the public don’t get a chance to experience like the firing range, the sniffer dogs and we even put the protective sleeve on them so they can see the dogs in action. It takes them out of their comfort zone. It is a mixture of community and fun activities.’
Shaun said: ‘On the first week we got introduced to the whole team, we had to go through some rules and regulations then got to see the cells and police vans at Corby police station. I want to go into the police force or the army and it will give me good experience of what to expect.’
Haydn said: ‘We went to Asda and did a questionnaire to see what people thought was wrong with their local area. We are working alongside the police and do lots of community work. The scheme was advertised online and I thought that it sounded good because you get to work with every part of the police, you get qualifications and it is good work experience as I want to be in the police force when I am older.’
Shaun and Haydn are writing a blog about their experiences which will be published on the Brooke Weston website.