On Friday Chief Constable David Whatton – who visited College after confirming he will be the guest of honour and speaker at this year’s Student Awards Evening – was questioned by students about spending cuts, police commissioners and arming officers.
The Chief Constable also offered advice to those young people who are considering a job in the police.
“Nobody should go into the police if they want to be rich or want a steady job,” he said. “You have to want to do a job where your role is to protect people and bring others to justice.
“The difference you can make to the public is worth twice as much as the pay packet you receive at the end of the week.”
Priestley offers Public Services courses at BTEC Level 2 and 3, which help prepare students for a career in the Police as well as the Armed Forces. Topics covered include leadership, citizenship and diversity in the public services.
Chief Constable David Whatton was impressed with the knowledge of policing that Priestley students demonstrated during the 45-minute Q&A and is looking forward to attending the awards ceremony on December 20.
Fran Evans, Director of Student Services at Priestley, said: “Our students demonstrated an impressive understanding of the topics that were discussed and showed a real interest in the future of policing in the county.
“The students found the Chief Constable’s visit very informative and thanked him for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the college.”