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(L-R) Howard Weston, George Fawcett and Andrew Cummins.

UCLan policing graduates set to serve across the country

Policing students graduating from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have landed jobs with police forces across the country with some selected for fast track development roles.

More than 70 students on the policing and criminal investigation degree graduated from the University last week and will go straight into jobs with Greater Manchester, London Metropolitan, Northumbria, Humberside, Lincolnshire and Thames Valley police forces.

Andrew Cummins, who will go onto work for Thames Valley’s neighbourhood policing team, is one of the students who has been accepted onto a graduate leadership programme that is run by Police Now.

It’s a great opportunity to develop my career and after two years I will be able to move into other areas of the force to gain as much experience as possible.

The 21-year-old from Windsor said: “It’s a great opportunity to develop my career and after two years I will be able to move into other areas of the force to gain as much experience as possible.  I’ve been a special constable with Lancashire Constabulary alongside my studies and that’s been a great experience.  I’ve enjoyed helping people and hopefully made a difference.”

Fellow graduate Howard Weston, 20, who originally comes from Brighton, will be putting his skills to good use in the North West after being accepted by Greater Manchester Police.

He said: “I’m over the moon to have been accepted into one of the biggest police forces in the country and am looking forward to beginning my career with them.  I think it’s important to have a variety of experience going into the job and I’ve enjoyed being an Army Reserve with Kimberley Barracks in Deepdale during my time at University."

I’m very proud of the students and it’s fantastic to see them develop key skills over the duration of the course that will help to prepare them for a career in policing and law enforcement.

The course leader for policing and criminal investigation at UCLan, George Fawcett, said: “I’m very proud of the students and it’s fantastic to see them develop key skills over the duration of the course that will help to prepare them for a career in policing and law enforcement. This year a large number have secured immediate positions in many force areas, while others are choosing to continue to study at master's level and target national enforcement agency positions.  

“Many of our students are involved as volunteers in many areas of law enforcement. Some work as special constables while studying at the University, which not only gives them the vital practical experience they need but also allows them to make a valid contribution to the local community, while others take the opportunity to volunteer with the Army Reserves or the National Crime Agency.”

Lyndsey Boardman | 18 July 2017