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Comparative Policing in U.K. Offers Great Study Abroad Experience

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Twelve students from UCF's undergraduate and master's degree programs in criminal justice traveled to England Feb. 27-March 13 to study "Comparative Policing." 

They began their trip in Cheltenham, with the University of Gloucestershire serving as host. They toured police facilities with the Gloucestershire Constabulary and spoke with individuals responsible for the collection and analysis of evidence. Several police speakers introduced them to issues of restorative justice, criminal investigations, police canine units, armed response units and more. One highlight included meeting with a High Court Judge (a Lord) and a judge of the Crown Court. The students were able to watch court proceedings in Crown Court and observe a sentencing. 

The group then traveled to Chester for a visit coordinated by the University of Cheshire and Cheshire Constabulary. In downtown Chester, the students learned about the history of the city and walked down streets and into buildings that have existed long before Columbus discovered America. At the University of Chester, they visited a training facility for investigators to learn decision-making skills and saw an apartment used as a practice homicide crime scene. Afterwards the students shadowed police Special Constables as they walked or drove a beat. They also met with Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick, Special Constabulary Chief Officer Celvyn Jones, and Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer. The students also visited the Warrington Police Museum where they were able to try on policing uniforms.

Lastly, the students worked with both Special Constables and regular police with the London Metropolitan Police Force in London, where they visited the Gravesend training facility, the Met's Mounted Police Unit, the Marine Policing Unit and Maritime Police Museum, and New Scotland Yard. They also had the special opportunity to tour Downing Street and Parliament, and they were addressed by a member's of the Queen's Guard (a "Beefeater"), who also serves in policing, at the Tower of London. 

"This was an experience of a lifetime for the students to understand the history of policing, both as it relates to British policing and American policing. They were able to sit in rooms where policing was created and to learn about the ways our policing systems are similar and different," said Ross Wolf, associate dean and associate professor of criminal justice, who led the course. "Our hosts in the United Kingdom were extraordinary and really went out of their way to make sure students had a great educational experience."

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Gloucstershire Constabulary - Evidence
Constabularly - Evidence room
Gloucstershire Constabulary - Canine Unit
Gloucestershire Constabularly - Canine unit
Cheshire Constabulary - Officials
Cheshire Constabularly - Officials
Warrington Police Museum - Uniforms
Warrington Police Museum 
 London - Marine Policing Unit
London - Marine Policing Unit
 London - New Scotland Yard
London - New Scotland Yard
 London - Downing Street
London - Downing Street
 London - Beefeater 2
London - Beefeater
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