PCSO Charlotte Naisby, PCSO Carole McCombe, Students Beth Johnson, Toni Robinson, Amy Chambers, Lauren Attle, Mark Dodds and PC Mark Walley with a helicopter from the National Police Air Service

Students Visit National Police Air Service

Fri, 2002-05-10 01:00

Last week hard working volunteers from East Durham College’s Uniformed Public Services programme were treated to a visit to the National Police Air Service at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The students have been working on a project of volunteering with Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team within Durham Constabulary and as a thank you to the students it was arranged for them to spend some time at the airport with officers from NPAS.

During the day the group of five students and two community support officers from Peterlee, toured the airport’s own small police station before being taught about the new National Police Air Service, how they work and the nature of the calls they attend.

Students then got the opportunity to see the helicopter fly out to a call and on its return to the airport the students were given a tour of the state-of-the-art aircraft and its equipment.

Uniformed Public Services course leader Gill Draper said: “We are very lucky to have had this visit arranged by Durham Police.

“The students have done a fantastic job with their volunteering project this year, working with PCSOs’ from Peterlee for 8 weeks on a number of projects, including operation Hawkeye and  promoting Neighbourhood Watch in the local community.

“This project has given the students an invaluable opportunity to work alongside their local Police whilst gaining knowledge and experience of their role and work in the community.”