public services

Public Services and Policing Activities for Schools and Colleges

This simulation is based on the real flooding disaster in the UK caused by Storm Desmond in 2015. Based in Kendal, students are required to work as local resilience forum advisers to help deal with a range of problems and incidents such as working with the media, road closures, stranded members of the public and chemical spills.

Students will typically spend 4 hours working through a number of tasks as the event unfolds, receiving video clips, images and audio clips updating them on the situation and incidents, based on real world problems, they need to respond to. Periodically Students will be debriefed as described above via Teams. This virtual Plenary debrief, and discussion will examine the syndicates decisions and rationales.

Tasks include creating media statements to be broadcast to the public, deciding if and when to call a major incident, deciding where to host the Emergency Support Centre’s based on maps of the area and responding to numerous challenging situations. The tasks provide the perfect opportunity for students to consider how the geography of the area can affect decisions they make, along with reactions from members of the public, creating some interesting discussions.

We have the option to also involve the students in an interactive task in which they are required to nominate a member of their team to read out their statement ‘live on air’, this really gets students thinking about the type of language they should use when interacting with the media, and the key information they want to convey to the public in a short amount of time.

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We have developed a session covering the different ‘Pathways into Policing’, to support appropriate career progression - this talk lasts approximately 40 minutes, with the opportunity for a Q&A. At USW we are uniquely placed to offer this talk with over 40 years’ experience of providing training for the police. We are the chosen provider for the PCDA for several police forces spanning Wales and the South West of England, alongside our own BSc Professional Policing course. We are also looking at making some content from our Hydra Simulation Centre available for you to use virtually. 

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Our Policing teaching team are available to host sessions on campus, come into schools or deliver content online to help enrich your class experience. Previously these have included; Observation and Crime, Knife Crime, Drug Use & County Lines or Dealing with Organised Crime. They are also able to deliver sessions that adapt to the need of your students.

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In Scotland’s recent referendum, 16 and 17 year-olds played a significant role, with many voting YES to independence. Debate the impact that elections and the electoral system have,  the effect of further devolution in Wales and whether it matters how many levels of government there are.

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Debate whether fairness means that we should all be treated in the same way, or whether it’s possible to treat people differently and still be fair. Explore examples of fairness in policing, education, health and welfare reform to think about the impact of policies on different groups.

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Explore examples of high-quality research and how it affects the delivery of services. Develop the skills needed to design and independently carry out an in-depth research project related to public services.

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Piracy and hijacking are emergencies which also have a significant impact on international trade and on the governments and law enforcement agencies whose role it is to prevent these crimes. 2020 has seen a dramatic increase in the number of cases of piracy, leading to a view that the economic effects of covid-19 on developing countries is contributing to the growth of this activity. This session will look at the legal and political consequences for states, at historical examples of hijacking and piracy and the international implications of this criminal activity. Finally, it will focus on the international treaties which govern the fight against piracy and hijacking. This session is led by an expert with experience in the Royal Navy of tackling maritime piracy.

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This interactive taster session on Equality and Diversity is designed to tackle head-on some of the confusion, contractions and misunderstanding associated with an increasing complex equality agenda. In it, we will explore through debate and discussion, the risk we face in an unequal society, whether equality policy is relevant to us on a personal level and what on earth ‘equality’ means anyway. The session will be Illustrated with case studies on discrimination against young people, child sexual exploitation and Black Lives Matter. Let’s get talking!

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