Wiltshire Police ran the World of Work (WoW) scheme in Swindon, Salisbury and Melksham during recent weeks.  Key Stage 4 students joined in a week of activities to get a taste of the police service.

Students learned there is more to keeping Wiltshire and Swindon’s communities safe than wearing a uniform and patrolling the streets.

The students gained a better understanding of the different career opportunities the police service offers. From constables and detectives to mechanics, managers and more, the different roles to suit a variety of skills.

PCSO Alan Aldersley-Byrne, Schools and Youth Liaison Supervisor said; “Due to the nature of modern day policing it is not possible to have students work alongside front line officers or officers in support roles dealing with members of the public or sensitive issues.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: ” The scale of opportunities is very wide and diverse. I encourage students looking for work experience to consider visiting Wiltshire Police to get a taste of all aspects of police work – exciting, challenging, rewarding, interesting and incredibly fulfilling. Even if you choose another career, the life skills and experience you get will stand you in good stead for your future.”

“It was great seeing an insight into the workings of Custody and got to see that officers are human beings too.”

Students currently in Key Stage 4 who want to learn more about careers in the police service, are urged to join the World of Work.  Opportunities to take part in next year’s World of Work are on the Wiltshire Police website and applications are accepted from September.

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