Policing students set to embark on careers

7th June 2024

HND Policing students from Solihull College & University Centre are looking forward to taking their first career steps following completion of their course. These individuals exemplify the commitment to excellence and dedication to public service that defines the College’s mission.

Led by esteemed lecturers and recently retired West Midlands Police (WMP) Sergeant Chris Thomas and Detective Superintendent Richard Agar, the course combines two years of focused policing studies with modules in Criminology and Psychology and offers students a holistic perspective on the challenges and responsibilities inherent in law enforcement.

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Shumon Rahman, 22, Birmingham

Shumon's educational path led him through public services before finding his niche in policing. Despite the scrutiny faced by law enforcement, Shumon remains committed to serving his community, aspiring to become a ‘Detective Constable’. He has completed the initial stages of the application and is waiting for an interview.

"I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the complexities of policing and the importance of community engagement. Through the support of my lecturers, I feel confident in my ability to contribute positively to the police force."
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Heather Coffey, 32, Stratford-upon-Avon

Heather's journey back to education, whilst raising a family, led her to the field of policing. Heather is now working as a Special Constable.

She has found fulfilment in building relationships with her community and experiencing the diverse challenges of police work firsthand. Her story reflects the transformative impact of education in guiding students towards fulfilling careers.

"The encouragement and guidance I received were instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in policing. Through the course, I've gained practical skills and knowledge that have empowered me to make a difference in my community."
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Declan Butler, 21, Birmingham

Declan's journey into the world of policing began with a passion for public service. Now in his final year, he has applied for the role of ‘Special Constable’ and has completed all stages of the application. Upon success, he will begin training this summer.

Reflecting on his experience, Declan acknowledges the invaluable support provided by lecturers Richard and Chris who offered guidance and insight into various areas of policing. From forensics to cybersecurity, the course catered to Declan's needs and aspirations, preparing him for the rigorous application process.

"The course gave me the opportunity to explore different aspects of law enforcement and discover where my interests truly lie. My lecturers helped me navigate the application process and pursue my goal of serving in the police force."

The College is committed to advancing the effectiveness of the police force by providing students with a nuanced understanding of law enforcement. The course, which encompasses levels 4 and 5 (Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND)), integrates practical training with academic rigour. Students can then progress onto the final year of the College’s Criminology & Psychology Degree with Birmingham Newman University to top their HND up to a full degree.

Chris explains: “As the landscape of policing evolves, it is essential for educational institutions to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

“We recognise the critical importance of trust and confidence in the Police Service and are dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of community expectations and police accountability among our students.

“By providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate complex policing scenarios, we aim to cultivate a new generation of law enforcement professionals who are committed to serving their communities with integrity and compassion.”

By fostering an environment of academic excellence and practical training, the College seeks to instil in its students a deep sense of responsibility and preparedness for the challenges they may encounter in their careers.

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