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North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College students' success

Warwickshire Police and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College are celebrating after six students who took part in a 'Preparation for the Police Service' course began working as Special Constables with the police force.

At the attestation, 23 May 2017
At the attestation, 23 May 2017
The Level 3 Preparation for the Police Service course is delivered at the Nuneaton campus of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College by former police officers and includes topics such as community and neighbourhood policing, dealing with police incidents and also includes the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.

The students were supported during the course by members of Warwickshire Police Special Constabulary Recruitment Team. The team advised on the qualities the police look for in applicants and current major challenges facing the service, such as addressing issues of vulnerability.

Martin Jelley QPM, Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, said: "I welcome the students who are joining Warwickshire Police as Special Constables: working as voluntary police officers they will have a very real impact on their local communities. Their success also represents a significant achievement for the partnership between Warwickshire Police and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. I have visited the college on a number of occasions to speak with the students and I was impressed by their knowledge of policing and their desire to protect people from harm by serving as Special Constables".

Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for these students who have demonstrated such commitment throughout their time on the course. We look forward to continuing our work with Warwickshire Police and see many more students pursue successful careers within the police force".

Glenn Smith, Special Constabulary Recruiter for Warwickshire Police, said: "Working with the students has been an absolute pleasure: they are dedicated, hardworking and are committed to a career with the police. Warwickshire Police and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College continue to support students in becoming Special Constables, and I hope many more students go on to become volunteers in this role".

Two of the new Special Constables, Liam Bradshaw and Honor Goddard, also took part in Warwickshire Police's Cadet Scheme which saw them undertake a range of activities including self defence training, team-building and volunteering in local communities over two years. They were formally attested as Special Constables on 23 May 2017 and will begin operational duties as police officers.

The photograph shows (from left to right): PC Lee Marston and PCSO Carly Davis, North Warwickshire Youth Engagement Officers; Special Constables Honor Goddard and Liam Bradshaw, former Police Cadets, Cadet Leaders and Policing Preparation Students; Special Inspector Glenn Smith of the Special Constabulary Recruitment Team; and Superintendent David Gardner, Warwickshire Patrol & Safer Neighbourhoods Commander.

For more information about the Level 3 Preparation for the Police Service course, please visit North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College's website.

For information about Warwickshire Police Special Constabulary and how to volunteer, please visit www.warwickshire.police.uk/specialconstables

Note to editors:

Special Constables are unpaid, part-time police officers who work in some of the most important areas of policing, using their spare time to make a difference.

Fully-trained Special Constable have full police powers, wear a police uniform and work alongside regular police officers and police staff, and have opportunities for promotion.

They are expected to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month, although many people do significantly more in order to fit around their home, work and educational commitments.

Revised: Friday, 28 May 2017, 12:10pm Dave Hollands, Corporate Communications

Published 25/05/17