8th May 2000
STUDENTS JOIN FIGHT AGAINST CRIME
Lincoln students are helping local police in their drive to crack down on crime - by joining the special constabulary.
Simon Wright and Jenny Bristow from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside signed up in 1998 and have now been involved in almost all aspects of police work in the city. Kyle Doncaster, 22, from Sheffield, is the latest ULH recruit to join the Lincoln specials.
Simon Wright is hoping his hectic schedule of pounding the beat two nights and one daytime shift every week as well as studying hard for his Policy Studies degree is giving him the experience he will need to join the regular police force when he graduates next year.
Originally from Hove in Sussex, Simon works in much the same way as a regular officer but as a special constable he is always accompanied on his shifts.
“It’s a very exciting job and I really enjoy getting out there into the community,” said Simon, who currently lives on Cheviot Street in Lincoln. “I could have applied to join the police after passing my A-levels, but I thought it would be a good idea to get a degree so I’ll have something to fall back on if I’m prevented from joining.”
Since he joined up Simon has played a front-line role in all kinds of police investigations including raids on drugs suspects and helping victims of burglary.
“I decided that wherever I went to university I would join the specials. When I graduate I’ll apply for the force but I could be asked to join any in the country so I could be sent anywhere,” he added.
Twenty-year-old Jenny Bristow from Garthorpe, near Scunthorpe, is also hoping to join up when she completes her studies.
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