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Teesside University Hosts Crime Solving Day for Police Cadets

Posted : 25/07/2014


Up to 100 Police Cadets will take part in a full day at Teesside University where they will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops taking place in the University’s realistic Crime Scene House and Law Court.

The sessions will include fingerprinting, footwear analysis, custody office procedure and interview techniques and will culminate with a group court session where cadets will witness a live trial and also have the chance to take part as members of the jury.

Cadets are being invited to the workshops from Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria Forces and the day will be opened by Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer and Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger.

Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “The day has been designed to take into account the knowledge Police Cadets already possess and focuses on enabling them to learn and practice a range of policing skills and techniques.  We hope this session will promote and encourage their interest in policing and I would like to thank the University for hosting this event.”

The Police Cadet Programme is open to young people ranging in age from 13 to 17 years of age.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger added: “This is a great platform to give these young people an insight into the practical skills required by a police officer and a chance for them to develop their self-confidence. 

“The cadet programme is almost completely volunteer led and police officers and staff have freely given thousands of hours of their own time to ensure the Cadets have an interesting and informative package of events.”

Dr Mark Simpson, Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law, said: “Teesside was the first North East University to be nationally approved to teach the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing and this year we are launching our BSc (Hons) Policing degree.

“We are delighted to welcome the Cadets on to our campus and give them a realistic experience of crime scene investigations and court room procedures. Hopefully it will motivate them to study here and go on to have great careers in the police force.”

In September Teesside University will also be hosting POLCON 5, the fifth annual conference of the higher education forum for learning and development in policing. The conference will examine how universities and the police service can collaborate to develop the evidence base and to foster excellence in policing.


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