UPS Students Treated To Talk From Armed Response Police Officer

Sat, 2002-02-23 00:00

Last week, college students studying uniformed public services at East Durham College were treated to a talk from an armed response Police Officer.

PC Ian Cousins from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit came to the Willerby Grove Campus in Peterlee to talk to students about his role within the unit.

Ian, who works for the Durham Constabulary side of the unit, told the students about his time in the Police, some of the scenarios he has been involved with, and how he had handled those situations.

He also taught students about the safety and responsibility that comes with his role as an armed response officer.
Ian said: “I’d like to think it (the talk) has painted a picture into exactly what we do in terms of how we go about our work and hopefully portray Durham Constabulary as a very professional organisation.

“I believe it was a bit of an eye opener for some of the students, especially when we talk about firearms, as I don’t think they have awareness that we have a number of Police Officers out there carrying firearms on a day to day basis.

“It was also a case of making them fully aware of our role. We are available twenty four hours a day to respond to incidents where it is reported that persons may be in possession of firearms / lethal weapons unlawfully, or where persons have committed crime using firearms / lethal weapons.

“When incidents of this nature are reported, we are deployed with conventional firearms and less than lethal options to bring these incidents to a safe conclusion, at the same time maximising safety to members of the public and our unarmed colleagues.”

Gill Draper, course leader in uniformed public service, added: “Having PC Ian Cousins come in and talk to the students was a real privilege.

“We are very fortunate to have such strong links with Durham Constabulary and the students have really enjoyed their day and tell me they feel they have learnt a great deal.”