SOLIHULL College and University Centre’s HND Policing students are getting a front row seat to live police operations.
Recently retired West Midlands Police (WMP) Sergeants Chris Thomas and Richard Agar, now Policing lecturers at the College, are bringing unique opportunities to their students with their wealth of experience and strong links to the force.
Most recently, they arranged for students to spend a day at a real-life live multi-agency operation.
The high-risk operation involved WMP, West Midlands Fire Service, DVLA, DVSA, National Crime Agency, and Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
A designated vehicles examiners team and specifically trained officers delivered spot checks on a range of cars and lorries.
The Policing students saw first-hand how the police interact with other agencies and the public.
Lecturer Chris Thomas said: “This multi-agency operation was not a test procedure; it was a serious criminal matter where someone was genuinely arrested and three HGVs were seized.
“Our students are constantly gaining enriched experiences such as these that are not offered at other colleges or universities.”
Following the operation, West Midlands Fire Service Lead for Road Safety, Peter Allington, demonstrated the consequences of bad driving through VR.
Students were then delivered a presentation by DVLA.