Uniformed Public Service students from East Durham College along with Police Community Support Officers from Peterlee stand outside the staion with Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton (Centre Left)

College Students Praised By Top Police Chief

Fri, 2002-05-17 01:00

Students from East Durham College in Peterlee received a special thank you from the head of Durham Constabulary last week.

Durham Constabulary Chief Constable, Mike Barton, visited Peterlee Police Station on Friday to see a presentation from the seven students and he personally thanked and praised them for their valuable work in the community.

The students, from the College’s Uniformed Public Services course, presented details about the work they had done as part of an eight week volunteering programme with Police Community Support Officers in Peterlee; including neighbourhood watch canvassing, speed awareness and crime prevention initiatives.

Chief Constable Barton said: “When I met the students today I have been really inspired by the hard work they have done over the last few weeks.

“They have a fantastic enthusiasm towards their studies and the world of policing.  Some people only see the police as something that enforces the law, but these students recognise and understand the need for community engagement that is required in modern day policing.”

Chief Constable Barton hopes to see the students continue to work hard in the future and hopefully, one day, work for Durham Police.

He added: “It would be great to see some of these students come into Durham Constabulary in the future.

“We are currently looking for volunteers to work with us and the students have expressed an interest in joining which is fantastic news. It’s great to have local people who want to help out in their communities.”

And Uniformed Public Services course leader Gill Draper believes the students have taken away a great deal from the project and is extremely proud of their hard work.

“I’m extremely proud of all the hard work the students have put in over the last eight weeks. They have completed tasks that have taken them outside their comfort zone but they have taken on these tasks willingly and have learnt a great deal from the project,” Gill said.