Priory pupils take part in anti-terrorist operation

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:28 25 June 2013

Emily Wightman, Alex Kilpatrick, Stephen Bowen and Max Powley from Priory Community School.

Emily Wightman, Alex Kilpatrick, Stephen Bowen and Max Powley from Priory Community School.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

TERRORIST operations, role play and custody bookings were all part of an exciting work experience placement for four year 10 pupils.

Students Emily Wightman, Alex Kilpatrick, Stephen Bowen and Max Powley spent four days shadowing PC Peter Rooke, a neighbourhood beat officer based at Nailsea police station.

After a tour of the station, including communications and crime scene investigation (CSI), the pupils took part in an operation concerning a potential terrorist incident on a bus travelling on the motorway.

The teenagers were then involved in a role play exercise, where a man acting suspiciously around cars in a Nailsea car park was stopped by police and found to have a screwdriver and hammer in his bag.

After an arrest the students had to book him into custody, prepare and conduct an interview and then send him to court.

Alex Kilpatrick, aged 15, said: “My thinking and listening skills have changed mainly because of what would have to happen if a terrorist attack hit Weston.

“My attitude towards the police has also changed. Seeing with my own eyes how the police work has made me realise how important their role is and how much work you have to do.”

The group also attended North Somerset Courthouse, where the case they had prepared the day before was played out. Two magistrates took part, along with a prosecutor and defence lawyer who questioned the students on their evidence.

PC Rooke said: “Throughout the week they showed enthusiasm and commitment and asked lots of intelligent questions.

“I hope this experience means they will consider a career in policing and has given them an insight into the varied and stimulating work we do.”

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