Students gain industry insights from criminal justice professionals

Students gain industry insights from criminal justice professionals

Two local professionals working within the criminal justice system visited the College recently to run sessions with students studying A levels in Criminology and Law.

The aim was to give students an insight into the everyday experiences of those working in the industry and the potential careers available.

During her visit, Gemma Hargrave, a former solicitor and Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Portsmouth’s Law School conducted a mock courtroom trial.

Students volunteered to act the different roles within a courtroom including the judge, defence barrister, prosecution barrister, the jury and witnesses.

Students analysed information from a hypothetical case, looking for clues and uncovering possible motives in order to resolve a “love triangle” dispute.

The second talk was led by Niki Winterbottom, an experienced Crime Scene Investigator with a significant history of working in the law enforcement industry.

During her talk, Niki explained the role of CSI and discussed possible entry routes into the career.

She also spoke about different ways evidence can be analysed such as DNA profiling and digital forensic techniques.

Afterwards, student Jack Rose said: “I found Niki’s talk to be engaging, enjoyable and enlightening – It’s not every day you get to ask a CSI questions about their job.”

Student Georgia Skene also commented: “Having an actual CSI speaking to us gave clarity on the information we had already learnt in class.

“I enjoyed understanding what the role meant to Niki and I liked that she was honest and told it how it was” she added.

Declan Kerr who teaches the students said: “Crime is all over the media and people often have the wrong idea about what it is like to work in these roles.

He continued: “Hearing a CSI talk about her experiences first-hand fascinated our students and taking part in a mock courtroom trial meant that they could engage with the real life issues criminal lawyers have to deal with.”