The School of Law, Criminal Justice & Computing hosted an international study week with enforcement officers from Australian, New Zealand, Netherlands and Canada. During the week students were involved in visits to police services, Parliament and the Australian High Commission. There were several lectures delivered by staff including Fahid Quarshi, Maryse Tennant, Paul Swallow, Dominic Wood, Bryn Caless, Demetris Hadjigeorgiou, Sofia Graca and Martin O’Neill. A celebratory meal was held at the Cathedral Lodge reflecting the first visit of students from Charles Sturt University and the 10 year partnership of the Police Academy of the Netherlands.
The week overlapped with the policing study weekend and allowed British Officers to network and socialise with our visitors. 90% of students rated the week either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’, receiving very positive comments.
‘A fantastic week, thoroughly enjoyed the course and the networking opportunities. Wonderful location with friendly and knowledgeable presenters. I loved all presentations delivered and the tours offered’
‘Fantastic. Met all expectations. Very well organised. Academic staff were very welcoming and great to learn from.’
‘Great course, I found the interaction between police agencies invaluable. The lectures were thought provoking and interesting’.
‘I learnt I was able to contribute a lot about my work. It was enjoyable to have such relevant discussions with colleagues who experience similar issues. I have been able to create networks and friendships.’
This was the first International Study Week hosted by the School. Dr Steve Tong, Director of the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research, said ‘This week has been very successful. All our visitors have been so positive about their experience. It has been the first time we have attempted an international policing week and it is something we would like to repeat in future. The global reach of Policing is obvious for all to see and the more we can provide the platform for creating new networks and exchanging ideas the better policing services can address global challenges they face.’