Nottinghamshire Police showed students some of the ways they shield people from harm and deal with incidents during a college engagement event.
The force’s aim was to positively engage with the West Nottinghamshire College students and allow them to explore the wealth of career opportunities available with our organisation by offering them an insight into our daily activities and specialist resources.
It was also an opportunity for the force to show students a physical demonstration of how they use shields, handcuffs and ‘the big red key’ – the term given to the specially-designed manual battering ram used by officers to smash through doors.
Students were also able to see a demonstration of the drone technology which the police use in investigations and searches for missing people.
Among the other force resources taking part in the engagement activity included Operation Reacher, the Mansfield neighbourhood policing team, the force’s off-roading team and specialist schools and early intervention officers.
Chief Inspector Emma Spencer, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our attendance at this welcome week event was a great opportunity for us to break down barriers, enable young people to learn more about the methods we use every day to help keep them safe and make them aware of the career opportunities we can offer.
“We had some very positive feedback and the students were really interested to learn more about the work of our different departments.”
The activity-packed welcome week, which also involved a number of partner organisations and local businesses, took place as the students returned to their studies.
A huge range of activities, games and information stalls were organised by the college’s student welfare team and student enrichment team to bring students together for their first week back after the summer holidays.
Vice-principal for communications, engagement and student experience Louise Knott said: “The welcome week was a resounding success and it was lovely to see so many students together having fun after a very challenging 18 months.
“Ultimately, this was a great start to the new college year and helped our students from across all campuses to settle into college life well and have the opportunity to meet with their peers in a fun and relaxed way.
“It also provided the ideal opportunity for us to welcome a number of organisations from across the community including the police, army, local business and local support groups and our learners engaged very confidently with them all.”