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Young people get insight to police officer life in PSNI’s 3 day work experience course

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A number of local young people have enjoyed participating in the PSNI’s three day work experience course over the last week, from 21 - 23 June.

The innovative programme was hosted in a number of areas across Northern Ireland with the aim of introducing young people (16-18 years old) to some of the roles performed by Police Officers and Police


During the three days the young people benefited from gaining experience and awareness of key skills essential for a career in policing including: working as part of a team, listening, evaluating information, prioritising information and sharing information, decision making, accountability, and showing showing compassion and empathy when working with victims or vulnerable people.

Young people participating enjoyed meeting teams from Crime Scene Investigations, Tactical Support Group, Neighbourhood, Roads Policing, Crime Prevention, CID, the Dog Unit (PD Nico and PD Hella) and Human Resources.

The Public Prosecution Service also provided a court experience and information.

In Antrim & Newtownabbey area, students from Glengormley High School, Ballyclare High School, Parkhall Integrated College, Antrim, and Belfast High School joined police teams on the three day programme.

The whole concept was to pack as much in about the vast array of opportunities in terms of careers for Police Officers and Police Staff.

Some of the young people also enjoyed a memorable visit to the PSNI Air Support Unit.

A police spokesperson said:

“We wanted to give the students a real flavour of what a career in the Police is really like. The three day scheme involved input from an extensive range of different departments.

“Throughout the three days the students witnessed a number of impressive displays, were shown a massive variety of equipment and took part in a series of realistic and practical sessions to give them an understanding of what many of the jobs entail.

“The students were absolutely excellent, became fully involved and interactive with the experiences.

“We are so proud of them. Some real potential for future Police Officers right there! Thank you all for taking part. All of your schools should be very proud of you. Well done!”


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