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Ellie's work experience in Community Safety

Ellie joined one of our teams here at Boston Borough Council for a weeks work experience. Here is her views from her time spent here:

My name is Ellie, I am a volunteer police cadet and I have just completed a week's work experience with the Community Safety team at Boston Borough Council and with the police community support officers at Boston's police station.

On my first day, I wore my cadet uniform and high visibility vest and went on patrol in the town centre with a PCSO. I observed the PCSO working such as dealing with people drinking in the street, theft of a bike and dealing with an angry customer at a shop. It was interesting to see how the PCSO dealt with it. I also had a look at CCTV in different shops to try to identify the thief of the bike. It was a very interesting experience to shadow a PCSO and learn how the police force runs locally.

On Tuesday, I went on patrol with two PCSOs where we attended a break in but fortunately nothing was taken. I observed them dealing with some more street drinkers in the park and I had a very unique experience of travelling in the PCSO car visiting people houses that had a complaint and then visited Kirtons police station. I very much enjoyed my time on work experience with the PCSOs and it is certainly a career I may consider for the future.

On Wednesday, I changed destination, I was now at Boston Borough council building working with the Community Safety officers who tackle anti-social behavior among many other things. One of the highlights of that day was walking around town handing out flyers for Boston's beer and sausage festival working with the events team with one officer dressed as a hot dog nicknamed "Sammy sausage". The working environment with the Community Safety team is very nice, with all members of staff very friendly and welcoming.

On Thursday, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the CCTV suite in the council building. I was shocked to find out how many cameras there are, and it doesn't just cover Boston, it covers a wide range of Lincolnshire such as Alford, Skegness, Spalding, and Horncastle. I also boosted my confidence by using the police radios as well as watching the staff controlling the CCTV cameras.

On Friday, I had continued work on projects that we do at police cadets such as the ICE project which stands for "in case of emergency" which means if someone had an accident the emergency services  would be able to contact their family member as soon as possible because their contact number would be available on a keychain. Another project we worked on is about the prevention of hate crime.

Overall, my work experience placement has been very eventful, with exciting opportunities, and amazing, friendly and welcoming staff. This experience has definitely made me more confident and more excited for future work.

Thank you to everyone who helped me with my work experience it was amazing.