Final year Police Sciences student Jennifer Penifold has landed a job with the Metropolitan Police Service, the UK’s largest police force, where she will start as a Police Constable in September.
"Since I can remember I have always wanted to help people in some capacity. Watching the television show The Bill made me fall in love with the idea of becoming a police officer, and I knew I had to become one.
I was originally looking at studying Criminology at University but when I saw USW were offering a course dedicated to the police, and taught by ex-police officers, I knew it was the one for me!
The police science degree was instrumental in me getting the job with the Met. It has supplied me with the knowledge of law which I will need in my career; it has also provided me with the CKP (Certificate of Knowledge in Policing), which is now a requirement for most police forces.
It has also provided me with the skills to enable me to interview witnesses and suspects and I have received brilliant stories of policing experience from my lecturers who are ex-police officers.
I loved completing the practical sessions in the Hydra Suite, dealing with situations which I will most likely come across whilst working in the Met. I don't want to spoil it for any future students but my favourite session was the third year scenario on sexual offences. It is an area I am interested in and it really gets you thinking.
I also enjoyed practical sessions in the Crime Scene House, collecting evidence and drawing crime scene sketches.
In the future, I would love to work with sniffer dogs in the Drugs Unit, or as a Family Liaison Officer, working closely with families who are dealing with trauma."