Albert Pitts, a second year student on the BTEC Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness course at Leeds City College was just won the Divisional ‘Explorer of the Year’ award.
‘Explorers’ is an exciting programme designed for young people aged 16-18 to investigate different aspects of policing and at the same time support their communities through volunteering. The programme is delivered over a 25 week period between January and July, commencing with an induction day.
Explorers attend weekly sessions usually held on a Wednesday evening at Police Stations across West Yorkshire. The programme comprises core sessions delivered by West Yorkshire Police officers and staff from a wide range of departments, including Roads Policing, Custody, Hi-Tech Crime, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Corporate Communications and Homicide and Major Enquiry Team. In addition, there are sessions chosen by each Divisional Explorer lead; this may include NPT deployments, Public Order Training, weapons awareness or drugs awareness.
The programme culminates in the Awards Evening, with trophies for the Divisional Explorer of the Year and overall West Yorkshire Police Explorer of the Year.
Abigail Brooke, Sport lecturer, has been volunteering every Wednesday evening alongside PC Mani Uppal for the West Yorkshire Police’s ‘Explorer’ Programme. She said:
“Congratulations to Albert who now hopes to pursue his dream of becoming a Police Officer.”
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