Policing students and alumni from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) had a behind-the-scenes tour of the New York Police Department Headquarters through the pioneering #DMUworks initiative.
The group of Policing students, Criminal Investigation students and DMU academics spent time discussing differences and similarities between policing in the US and the UK during a tour lead by NYPD police officer Mike Pelino.
The DMU alumni team organised the evening visit to the NYPD headquarters through existing links that were established following a previous visit in January.
The group spent the evening at One Police Plaza, following the university’s United Nations event earlier in the day.
Criminal Investigation with Policing Studies student Kelsey Richardson, said: “This has shown the way that police here work with other agencies, similar to at home, and this proves that it works on a bigger scale.”
Megan Savage, Policing student, said: “I liked seeing the Joint Operations Center here and being able to look at their CCTV operation.
“It has been good to see the opportunities they get here that you don’t get in the UK because of funding.
“They are all so close here as well, Mike has said hi to everyone he has seen and that’s really nice to see.”
As part of the tour Officer Pelino took the group to the Joint Operations Center which is used during major events and crises to manage the situation.
Alumni relations manager, Carol Manley, said: “It’s very exciting and it’s great to build relationships with the NYPD and our staff here at DMU, so making those connections through alumni is just fantastic.”
#DMUworks is the university’s pioneering work-readiness scheme, which has been devised in response to the national demand for better graduate skills.
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The Policing students on today’s visit had an exciting opportunity to find out more about law enforcement in a global context, broadening their understanding of policing as a career.
There was a moving film viewing, which focused on the sacrifices made by police officers who had been killed in the line of duty, and students had an exclusive insight in to the world of New York policing as officers shared anecdotes from their own careers.
The group discussed issues facing the police service, including cuts to funding and jobs, as well as hearing anecdotes from officers about their time working with the NYPD.
Posted on Monday 11th June 2018