Bradford students impressed by local policing

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A group of recently-recruited Police Community Support Officers in Bradford have completed one of their first assignments with great success.  

The PCSOs were praised after they talked to a group of students about their work at the South Bradford Vocational Centre in Huddersfield Road, Bradford.

pcsosession_mediumThe officers, who were joined by their more established colleague PCSO Denis Bennett, spoke to students from Motive8 – a local charity which provides vocational training for young people.

The students who attended were interested in a career in the public service sector, and also interviewed PCSO Bennett about his work.

Melissa Simpson, of Motive8, said “The session gave our young people focus and these officers were not much older than them, so they were more in tune with what they had to say.

“It was received with great enthusiasm and also helped them to see that their goals are possible. The students were still buzzing long after the officers had left. PCSO Bennett, who organised the visit, said:

“It was important that the new officers got to engage with these young people, and we hope the experience and positive feedback they received will help them to settle in to their new role.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Baker, Neighbourhoods lead for Bradford District, added “This is an excellent example of working with young people to engage with them, support them and help them to understand policing in Bradford.”

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