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West Yorkshire Police Explorer Scheme

17th February 2011

The first set of learners from Calderdale College to take part in the West Yorkshire Police Explorer Scheme start their first day on the beat this month.

Daniel Keane, Alisha Porter and Max Galtress who are studying Public Services Level 3 were accepted on to the West Yorkshire Police Explorer Scheme in January. The three learners had to undergo a thorough application process before each gaining one of the twenty places on the programme.

The Scheme was set up in 2008 in North East Leeds to enable young people to gain an insight into the Police service. It is more in depth than work experience however not as involved as the Police Cadets. The local scheme proved to be a big success and consequently went national the following year, becoming more popular each year.

Alisha, who hopes to be a police officer said “I’m chuffed to have got on this Police scheme, the application process was quite difficult but I think it was well worth it. It gave me an insight on what an interview would be like if I was to go through the process of applying for a job within the West Yorkshire Police Force. I’m also looking forward to starting the Explorer Programme and gaining the skills I need to know that will help me to succeed in becoming a police officer sometime in the future.”

The programme runs from February to July, with the learners attending one evening a week. During the coming weeks and months the students will undergo training in crime prevention, counter terrorism, knife crime, operational support and dog handling to name a few. The first shift, which follows the uniform distribution and parent consultation, begins 26th February at Bishopgarth, the Police training centre.

For Daniel and Alisha, who are in the final year of their College course, it is certainly a step in the right direction. Daniel is eager for the programme to start: "I am really excited and looking forward to starting the Police Explorers project because it’ll give me a proper insight to what policing is really like."

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