Young people from Bristol get a taste of policing

Young people from Bristol get a taste of policing

National black police association inspires Bristol students


A group of young people from Bristol went on a special tour of Police Headquarters last month, as special guests of Avon and Somerset Police’s Black Police Association (BPA).

The group of year 9 pupils from City Academy visited the specialist firearms training school at Black Rock, before touring Police HQ, including the call centre and meeting the Chief Constable Andy Marsh. Kermal Singh, General Secretary of Avon and Somerset Police’s BPA said: “The students from City Academy had a great day at Police HQ, asking really interesting and perceptive questions of everyone they met.

“Part of our role in the BPA is to reach out to young people, mentor them and build positive relationships with them. People will have heard officers talking about the commitment we have to making the workforce more representative of the communities we serve and the BPA play a key role in this. Before working with us, many of the young people we engage with through schools may not have ever considered a career in the police, but by seeing people who look and sound like them doing a whole range of roles within the force, they realise that a police career could be for them.”

Reshum age 13 said: “I got an insight into what goes on when someone calls 999. I liked that there were women in the Black Rock team which I found inspiring – it has made me think about a career in the police force.”

Asiya age 14 said: “I enjoyed visiting the police HQ as I got to experience what life is like from the police officer’s point of view.”

Hardeep Konsal, Head of Year at City Academy Bristol said: “The visit was very successful and it was nice to get an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. The students found the staff inspiring and have been asking about futures within the police force.”