Public services student becomes Blue Light Champion

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Public services student becomes Blue Light Champion

Muhammad Tahir studied public services at Leeds City College to learn more about the police force. He has now secured a voluntary role with charity, Mind, as a Blue Light Champion to help children in his local community.

What made you choose Leeds City College?

After a year of studying A levels, I wanted to do something that had a more flexible learning approach, that incorporated practical and work experience-based learning.  

What made you want to study public services?

In the future, I plan to apply for the police force and work for the criminal investigation department. The public services course has helped me develop the knowledge and experience related to the police and gave me a greater understanding of what the role and responsibilities of an officer would entail. 

How did your interest in the police and fire services come about?

When I was younger, I developed a fascination with forensic science and how the teams work with the police to gather evidence at crime scenes.

At high school, I had a desire to look into practical roles in the police which would provide new challenges and no two days were the same.

What did you enjoy about your course and time at college?

At college, I enjoyed the police emergency training, firefighter training and many others, where we could develop and learn new skills. I also enjoyed the student life aspect of the college and went on fun trips to places such as Jump Arena and paintballing. 

How did you secure your voluntary position as a Blue Light Champion?

As I have previous experience working at schools and developed customer service skills, I believe interviewers were pleased that I had transferable skills that would be relevant and suited to a Blue Lights Champion role.

What will your role involve?

The training for the Blue Light Champions will begin in October. I will be required to carry out presentations for children on how to keep safe in the community, for example when coming across fireworks, weapons, and internet safety such as social media. 

What’s next for you?

I will be going to Leeds Trinity University in September, where I will be studying criminology with police studies.