Criminology students step out on the beat
The Leeds Met Student Guardian Team is a collaborative initiative with West Yorkshire Police to train Criminology students from the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences to work alongside local police on current issues which affect the student population in Leeds.
The pioneering scheme, the first of its kind in the country, will enable Leeds Met students to develop key skills in police work as well as gain first-hand experience of working alongside police officers in their line of duty and will be launched at the University's Rose Bowl on Friday 28 September at 6pm.
PC Mark Bottomley, Police Liaison Officer for Leeds Metropolitan University explains: "The Student Guardian Team is a unique concept in Police/University partnership work. For the first time in the UK students are being timetabled into mainstream policing activities as an essential facet of their degree qualification. This project offers a unique work-based placement opportunity for students to experience, analyse and act upon 'real life' policing issues. They will be working under police supervision in the student community whilst also providing an invaluable boost to neighbourhood policing team resources."
Senior Lecturer Dr Sarah Kingston adds: "This is a fantastic opportunity for students to take some responsibility for dealing with prominent policing issues in their community whilst at the same time providing academic analysis support to the West Yorkshire Police."