BC mediumFrom left to right: Justyna Mielniczek, Usmaan Shabir, Dr Victor OIisa, Taisean Ogun, Rory Simpson, Luiza Machhadani

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London's Public Services students enjoyed a visit from Haringey's top police officer, Borough Commander Dr Victor OIisa, this week (Wednesday 8 October) to hear in detail about the work of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Part of a Community Link project, Dr Olisa's guest lecture provided an excellent opportunity for Public Services BTEC Level 3 students to meet a such high ranking police officer face to face. Dr Olisa said: "It would be easy to sit behind a desk but it is really important to get out there meet the public, the community and young people who will one day be in the police service."

The presentation was followed by Q and A session where students posed questions to the Borough Commander. Topics discussed ranged from the Met's work on counter-terrorism to meeting targets and budget cuts.

Public Services BTEC Level 3 student, Rezaul Karim said: "I have learned how the Service supports Muslim families in the Tottenham area, raising awareness of how the Police are embedding equality diversity and inclusion in their delivery to the community. Huge steps have been taken to raise awareness of the issues currently concerning the community such as radicalisation and what measures local community leaders and the Service are taking to work with the greater community in Haringey. I found the visit interesting and informative and I am keen to pursue my career in the Metropolitan Police Service. The visit from the Borough Commander inspired me to work hard to enable me to make my career choice."

Brendan Berry, lecturer in Public Services said: "It's so important for our students to hear first-hand what working in the public services is really like. That's why we organise these visits. It's really important to achieving well on the course."

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