East Norfolk Public Service students were invited by Norfolk Constabulary to assist them in conducting Police Support Unit (PSU) training. The students were given the opportunity to play the part of a "rowdy riotous" crowd at the former RAF base at Coltishall.
Following a full safety brief the students were equipped with hard hats, gloves and projectiles. The students’ role played several different situations that the PSU teams might experience. The first situation was room clearing, which involved the students hiding from officers during the hostile search of a building. The second, and probably the most enjoyable part of the day for the students was to play the part of a riot crowd where they were encouraged to throw projectiles and shout as loud as possible at the PSU teams. Finally, one lucky group teamed up with the dog training unit to experience working with a young dog, learning a new piece of equipment. This group were also invited to watch the final activity which involved PSU teams dealing with petrol bombs.
Course tutor, Neil White, commented "This was an excellent opportunity for our students to be able to witness and participate in, especially for those who wish to become Police Officers. The students also witnessed how Police teams work together in realistic situations."
The instructors commended the students on their exemplary behaviour and their attitude, wishing them every success for the future.