College staff on attachments with frontline officers

Officers and police staff give valuable insight into their roles

​College staff have been visiting forces across England and Wales to see and hear first-hand the work of frontline officers and staff.

The visits also give College staff a chance to talk about their work and how the professional body can support them. 

Staff from a number of College teams including the executive office, research and membership have already been on attachments or 'ride alongs' with forces and several have been sharing their memories of the experience.

Lloyd Gale-Ward, from the College's membership team, spent an evening shift with Met Police officers in Brixton and said he was impressed with their "professional and knowledgeable" response in dealing with an alleged shoplifting incident.

He said: "I learned that the role of a response officer is one of constant firefighting, thinking on their feet. I realise that the College has some way to go in reaching potential members, but I take some comfort that experiencing their world will help to bridge that gap."

Nerys Thomas, who leads our research team, recently spent time on patrol in Portsmouth with officers from Hampshire Constabulary.

Nerys said she really valued the opportunity to learn about the current challenges faced by frontline officers. She said "the demands facing frontline policing have changed since my last ride-along a few years ago. Vulnerability is now a much more prominent feature appearing in all the incidents we attended, a changing trend that the College highlighted in its demand work".

Michelle Yore, from the College's executive office, went on a late shift in Lewisham with two response officers from the Met. She said she was really impressed by the way that they handled a variety of challenging situations with calmness and empathy.

Both officers had taken a pay cut to enter policing after long careers in other sectors and during their shift came to the aid of a woman in mental health crisis to ensure she got to a place of safety.

Michelle added: "I was a bit apprehensive about going on a late shift which I knew would be eventful but Pete and Sam made me feel very welcome and safe the whole time. At the end I was genuinely a bit disappointed that I wouldn't be joining them again the next day!"

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