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People in Stoke-on-Trent offered chance to get insight behind scenes of policing

People in Stoke-on-Trent are being offered the chance to find out more about the challenging world of policing, and how they can help shape services.

A Citizen's Academy will offer an opportunity for residents aged over 18 to learn more about the work of the force through a 10 week programme of sessions, starting on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

It follows a successful pilot in Stafford earlier this year, and is now going to be rolled out across all local policing teams.

The weekly evening course at the HUB in Blurton will give participants an opportunity to learn about police powers and investigations, the latest technology in forensics, the aims of local policing and the challenges faced by specialist departments from officers and staff, including Firearms Officers and specialist investigators.

Chief Inspector Karen Stevenson, commander for the Stoke South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The programme will provide a unique insight into modern policing in Staffordshire as we really want to share the work that goes on every day at a local level but also de-mystify the work of specialist teams too.

"It's a great opportunity for us to interact with members of our local communities and also provide information on how residents can support our work within neighbourhoods.

"The sessions will be interactive and I hope that the programme appeals to local residents who want to be involved in shaping local policing services and may want to learn more about the many different volunteering opportunities we offer on a longer term basis."

Upon successful completion of the Academy programme, members will receive a certificate in an informal graduation ceremony.

Chief Inspector Stevenson says that it is a positive addition to any CV.

She said: "It demonstrates that you are active and informed citizen, and that you want to contribute to our community."

The Academy will also show participants about the opportunities that exist so they can continue to engage with the force - such as becoming a Police Service Volunteer, joining the Special Constabulary, becoming a Cadet Leader for young cadets or joining groups such as Safer Neighbourhood Panels to improve services.

To sign up and express your interest go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NGJ52Z7

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