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Future police officers step into the courtroom at Liverpool Crown Court

March 4, 2024

Police officers of the future swapped the classroom for the courtroom when they were special guests at Liverpool Crown Court.

BSc (Hons) Professional Policing students from Edge Hill University got some real-life insight into legal proceedings as VIP guests of Judge Louise Brandon.

A 15-stong group of final-year students quizzed four Merseyside circuit judges on everything from police body-worn video to sentencing guidelines, advice on presenting evidence and the significance of the traditional legal attire of wigs.

The students then observed a series of trials and pre-trial hearings relating to offences including murder, affray, attempted perversion of justice, and assault of emergency workers.

Edge Hill students at Liverpool Crown Court

Owen West, Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University’s School of Law, Criminology, and Policing, said: “This immersive exposure to courtroom procedures serves as a crucial component of our students’ professional development, equipping them with practical insights essential for their future careers in law enforcement.

“The collaboration between Edge Hill and Liverpool Crown Court underscores a commitment to providing students with real-world learning opportunities that bridge the gap between academic theory and practical application in the field of criminal justice.”

Edge Hill’s Professional Policing course combines classroom learning with guest lectures, practical workshops and relevant trips to prepare students for the working world.

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March 4, 2024


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