University of Wolverhampton played host to a ceremony with a
difference when one of its students swore allegiance to the crown
to become a police Special Constable.
BSc Policing undergraduate, Rebecca Edwards, took part in the
attestation ceremony at the University’s Millennium Centre in front
of fellow students.
The formal ceremony is conducted after initial training to swear
specials into office and Rebecca has now started shifts for West
Midlands Police, based in Stourbridge.
Special Constables have all the powers of regular officers but
are volunteers who, after training, work for a minimum of four
hours a week in local communities policing the streets.
Rebecca (22) from Kingswinford in the West Midlands said: “I was
nervous prior to the event as it was the first ceremony that the
University has held of its type so I was unsure of what to expect
but it was a very proud moment, especially as my mum and dad were
there to see it too.
“I'm currently stationed at Stourbridge Police Station and I’ve
completed three shifts policing the town's nightlife.
“As a special I’m hoping to learn valuable life skills that will
hopefully make any future employers impressed with my general
attitude to life and to show them that I am a committed individual
who is always willing to offer help and assistance to any situation
“I choose the BSc Policing course as I wanted to join the
regulars but since most forces are not recruiting at the moment due
to funding, I decided that this specific university course would be
the most relevant and rewarding option for me whilst I’m waiting to
“My short term aspirations are to pass my course with a good
grade, whilst my long term aspirations are to join the police force
and have a successful career.”
Rachael Strzelecki, course leader in policing at the University,
said: “Usually ceremonies are held at police headquarters but
Rebecca was unable to make it so the force agreed to let us stage
the ceremony at the University, which was a huge honour.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever staged such an event here. It
was great for Rebecca but also for her fellow policing students who
were able to be there and learn from the experience as well.
“All of our students on the policing course sign up as specials.
We teach them, in great depth, the laws and legislations that they
will need as police officers but they get operational experience in
the field as a Special Constable.”
The ceremony was officiated by David Churchill JP and attended
by Rebecca’s parents, University Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor
Ann Holmes, Lynn Leighton-Johnstone, Associate Dean of the School of Law, Social Sciences and
Communications alongside representatives from West Midlands
The BSc (Hons) Policing course is based at the University of
Wolverhampton’s City Campus and has been developed alongside West
Midlands Police and the National Police Improvement Agency.
For more information on the course visit www.wlv.ac.uk. For details on
being a Special Constable visit www.west-midlands.police.uk
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Date Issued: Monday 16 April 2012
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