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Students Gain Insight Into Military Law Enforcement

School pupils have visited MOD Southwick Park to learn about the Defence School of Policing and Guarding.

The children were, under careful supervision, allowed to try out some of the kit.

Young people have been getting the chance to find out more about the service police.

Pupils from Robert May’s School in Odiham visited the Defence School of Policing and Guarding in Hampshire to find out what it takes to be part of military law enforcement.

The aim was also to build confidence within the children and develop teamworking skills.

During the visit, pupils carried out a range of procedures, from testing fingerprints, to examining blood samples.

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A close examination of the evidence.

The day was organised by the John Egging Trust as part of their Blue Skies programme, which was set up after the death of the Red Arrows pilot at the Bournemouth air show.

Science teacher Callum McTaggart said: "What the scheme is all about really, is about trying to give students an opportunity to do things they might not normally get the chance to do.

"I think really by bringing them out of this classroom environment, where sometimes they are almost set up to fail, that they are being given the opportunity to really shine."

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A glimpse into the world of forensic science.

The trip appeared to be popular with the pupils.

Karwyn said: "It interests me, yes. I would like to do something like this."

Fellow pupil Theo commented: "My dream is to be an engineer in the military.

"This is all really helpful because I am experiencing what I will actually be doing in my future."

All forensic evidence was safely gathered and it was on to another area of expertise - public order. 

All military police, including Royal Navy Police, Royal Military Police, Royal Air Force Police and Ministry of Defence Police, come through the Defence School of Policing and Guarding.

They are educated in skills such as learning how to deal with people, and how to persuade them to cooperate when talking fails.

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The children were also given training in law enforcement.

Flight Lieutenant Matthew Loveday, 2IC Initial Training Unit said: "It has just been fantastic, inspiring the next generations.

"Obviously that is kind of our main goal here, as a Phase Two training establishment.

"It has been nice to get the young people, at a younger age, where we are the individuals that they effectively want to become, maybe in a few years."

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Teamwork was a central feature in the day's activities.

Michelle Mitchell is a Youth Liaison Officer, and she said:

"We are already seeing natural leaders emerging, some surprising natural leaders.

"We are also seeing that students who are not willing to get involved at school and maybe give up on tasks that they are sticking with them and seeing them through."