Student Office FARNON talks about how Week three has gone for the students....
Week 3 started off pretty sore for me, after finishing the Friday before with our giant team building exercise, but I was ready and looking forward to starting some of our laws!
On Monday, we spent the day away from our Guernsey Border Agency colleagues, studying Sections 28 and 29 of the Police Powers and Criminal Evidence (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2003, which defines some of our powers of arrest. This is a really important topic for us, as to move forward with our training and role plays, we need to have a solid understanding of what we can and cannot do. It took a while for us to get our heads around Section 29, but with knowledge checks and group tasks, we finally got there.
Tuesday morning we learnt the theory behind making an arrest, and how to write a witness statement. In the afternoon, we then helped our Police colleagues in a training scenario. We role played as civilians in an establishment, for which a search warrant had been authorized to seek and arrest two criminals - role players from the UK. This was a fantastic afternoon for us, as we experienced first hand what it could be like in that situation, as well as see what we will in fact do as part of our career. When we returned to Police Headquarters, we then had to practice writing a pocket notebook entry for what we 'witnessed', and in turn, created a witness statement in the IPEC format we had learnt earlier.
I was nervous for Wednesday, as this was the day we would have our first role plays putting into practice all we had learnt so far. We wore our Police hats and jackets(we all looked very smart!), as we would do on the beat, and were each given a simple scenario to act upon. The main aim for us, was to talk to the 'suspect', identify if and when we needed to caution them, and when an offence had been established, carry out an arrest. Luckily this was not as daunting as I had expected, and we all did really well. Once again, we then made pocket notebook entries on each role play - this is really important to get us accustomed to evidence gathering, remembering and retaining information. In the afternoon, all of the Law Enforcement students made their way up to Torteval Church Hall for our second drill session. We practiced standing to attention, saluting, marching and halting. It was the coming to a halt which caught most of us out, but by the time we finished the day, I am sure we were all working together in sync.
Thursday was a really fun day. We were back with our Guernsey Border Agency colleagues for a full day with the SOCO (Scenes of Crime) team. This input was a mix of learning about evidence gathering and protecting a crime scene, to practical parts where we could do things ourselves. When learning about how DNA can affect a crime scene, we all stood in a line wearing rubber gloves. One of the SOCO officers used a special UV lotion, and shook the hand of the first student. This handshake carried down the line, student to student, and we used a torch to see just how far the UV lotion - or DNA - travelled. It managed to be transferred down the line to all 8 students, which was a surprise to the SOCO team! Another good exercise, was learning how to collect exhibits from the room we were in, and placing them in exhibit bags. We were then given one of our colleagues exhibits, and had to use the description they had given, to put it back where it was originally taken from.
The Police recruits had all gotten together Thursday evening for a huge tunic ironing, boot polishing, and revision session, ready for Friday morning. First thing, we had our inspection with Deputy Chief Officer Hardy. Our Guernsey Border Agency colleagues are not issued with tunics, but despite this, we all looked extremely smart lined up together standing to attention. Straight after inspection, we had our second fitness test. Individually, we had each created an action plan of what we would like to aim for, and each of us exceeded this by quite a few levels! What helped, was the support and encouragement we all showed each other, so long may it continue! After the fitness test, the Police and Guernsey Border Agency split off, where we then had our own role specific knowledge checks. Maybe it was all the blood flowing from the fitness test, but we all did extremely well. We finished the day with individual tutorials with our trainer, then attended Beau Sejour Leisure Centre for the annual Service Guernsey presentation.
Week 4 is set to be a very law-heavy and practical week, which will really test us to see how much we have remembered so far!