Fifteen Arthur Terry students across all age groups – Abigail Whyke, Hibbah Satar, Freya Mason, Louise Townsend, Lucas Walker, Ryan Jones, Sophie Taylor, Priya Bagga, Ben Gaffney, Joe Morgan, Catherine Proctor, Evie Howell, Courtney Prendergast, Harvey Clarke & Matthew Williams – took part in an incredible West Midlands Police Insight Day on Tuesday 12th June 2019.
Organised by Ed Winter, Graduate Resourcing Assistant & former Arthur Terry student, the fifteen young people first heard, no holds bard accounts from 999 ‘Force Response’ officers PC Ahmed & PC Miles. The two officers brought their full kit including riot gear and the ‘Big Blue’ key used to gain entry to locked premises. The students thoroughly enjoyed trying on all the kit and reflecting on the difficulties of a pursuit on foot with the weight of the considerable gear.
Next up, the students heard from two senior ‘Force Contact’ managers who oversee more than 6000 daily 999 calls to the West Midlands region alone and how their team of telephone highly skilled operators prioritise responses & deploy teams in the most effective manner.
After lunch, students heard from Sargent Butler, an experienced ‘Rapid Response’ officer within the CMPG (Central Motorway Police Group) before getting the chance to sit in his turbo-charged, 3 litre BMW, equipped with both CCTV and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology).
Finally, we heard from the West Midlands Police force’s longest serving female officer, PC Rani, who with thirty-three years of dedicated service talked about both the diversity of staff within the force and the wide-ranging career paths available within the service.
Wrapping things up, event organiser, Ed Winter shared the exciting news that the West Midlands Police have just launched their new degree apprenticeship scheme that some of our year 12’s are extremely keen to consider in the coming weeks and months.
A huge thank you to all the staff from the West Midlands Police who gave up their valuable time to share such key insights into the service including off-duty officer, PC Holmes who heard about our trip on our commute into Birmingham and personally escorted us to Lloyd House, even introducing us to Chief Constable Dave Thompson!
All in all, the visit was a truly unique opportunity for the lucky fifteen – we can’t wait to return next year!