National Recognition For UWTSD’s Police Volunteer Project

20.10.2015

A student volunteer scheme run by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and South Wales Police has been recognised nationally through its nomination for a prestigious Lord Ferrers Award.

The METPOL team (in red) with representatives from South Wales Police and St John Ambulance at Swansea Help Point The METPOL team (in red) with representatives from South Wales Police and St John Ambulance at Swansea Help Point

METPOL is a student police volunteer scheme which was set up by UWTSD, in collaboration with South Wales Police, in 2011 to provide Public Service students with professional work experience.

It has been short-listed at the Lord Ferrers Awards, previously known as the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards, which highlight the vital role volunteers play in support of policing, by giving up their free time to make communities safer and enhancing the effectiveness of policing across England and Wales.

The awards were created by a previous Home Office minister, Lord Ferrers, and were first held in 1993. They have been renamed in memory of Lord Ferrers, who died on 13 November 2012. The awards ceremony will be held in September at the Houses of Parliament.

UWTSD public services students who take part in METPOL are vetted and given training in areas such as speed cameras, vulnerability, first aid and conflict resolution. This has allowed them to assist the police on a number of different operations, such as Operation Textbook, targeted at student safety, Operation Advent during Christmas and the One Punch campaign.

Most recently they have been heavily involved in the Swansea Help Point where they play a crucial role in the running of a triage unit in Swansea city centre. The students’ role was highlighted as one of the success stories behind Swansea’s Purple Flag status, awarded to the city as it has met the standards of excellence in managing its evening and night-time economy.

Bronwen Williams, Public Services Programme Director at UWTSD, said: "It is a great honour for us to have received a nomination and to be short-listed for The Lord Ferrers Awards. The students who have been involved with METPOL have given up so much time to be a part of the project, often working unsociable hours. The students are very well respected by the services that they work with and are a real credit to UWTSD. We are so pleased that their hard work is being recognised with a nomination for such a prestigious award.

“The students gain invaluable experience working on live police operations and are able to develop key core skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership. The experience has helped a number of students gain employment in key public services after graduation. METPOL is involved with many local issues and has had a positive impact on the community, in particular with schemes such as the community football sessions at Townhill in conjunction with Swansea City Football Club and the Phoenix Centre.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.