Bedford teens experience ‘life on the force’ through Bedfordshire police scheme

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Bedford teenagers got to experience ‘life on the force’ in a new work experience initiative launched by Bedfordshire Police.

A final 15 students out of 72 who applied enjoyed an action-packed fortnight at the Kempston headquarters. They worked across departments, designed social media campaigns, and grilled senior police staff.

PCSO Sally Simmonds, from Bedfordshire Police’s specialist education and diversion team, said: “It has been brilliant to have such a fantastic group of bright and enthusiastic young people come and spend time with us.

“They had great access across the force and have come up with their own ideas which we will definitely be looking at in the future.

“They were particularly surprised at the number of opportunities available in policing for both officers and staff, and many left with policing earmarked as their career of choice for the future.”

She thanked students for their “positive attitude and energy” and hoped they would consider a career in policing.

Students spent the first three days working in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Festus Akinbusoye, Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner said he was “humbled and blown away” by their “enthusiasm and passion”.

He said: “During their time in my office they planned and executed some real-life campaigns that will benefit our communities. The students have bright futures ahead of them and I wish them all the best.”

Anyone wishing to apply for the next programme can apply in January 2023.

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