First UK residential police Summer School - Success stories - University of Derby

The country's first residential police Summer School

A procession of police cadets inside the Atrium at the University “We set a high standard in our assessment and every single cadet who passed out has attained that high standard." Mark Flint-Freel, Lecturer in Criminology and Policing Studies

Under the direction of Professor Kevin Bampton, the Institute actively encourages its staff to explore new ideas and to develop new opportunities. It was within this proactive environment that criminology lecturer Mark Flint-Freel was able to establish the residential Summer School for Nottinghamshire Constabulary, which was the first one in the country.

About the Summer School

The Summer School runs annually and is aimed at 16-to-17-year-old students. They spend a week at the University where they learn about:

  • crime scene examination
  • self-defence
  • leadership
  • statement taking
  • giving evidence in court, and
  • working as a team.

The Summer School received positive feedback from the students who attended, as well as from Nottinghamshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Chris Eyre, and from within the Institute.

Inspiration for a new Police Cadet Scheme

Following the success of the Summer School, Mark was given the opportunity to design a course that inspires new student cadets and gives them one of best learning experiences in this sector.

The Foundation in Policing course, a two-year programme consisting of ten areas of policing, is delivered by the Institute. Cadets learn about:

  • community safety and multi-agency problem solving
  • the criminal justice system
  • legislation (including the Police and Criminal Evidence Act)
  • crime scene management
  • first aid, and
  • dealing with road traffic accidents.

Cadets are required to complete a project that must focus on community problems and present this as part of their final assessment. A final two-hour exam completes their assessment.

Out of the 38 students who attended the first cadet course, six went on to further study with our University.  

Contact us to find out more about the Foundation in Policing

Project lead:

"Every cadet team put in so much effort and dedicated so much of their own time to produce their work and I am so pleased with their results"

Mr Mark Flint-Freel, Lecturer in Criminology who has 30 years' experience in the police service.

Strategic Lead:

“This partnership has gone from strength to strength...By teaching cadets at the earliest opportunity to understand the importance of evidence-based work, considering the needs of communities and using problem solving methodologies, we can see the effects and benefits.”

Dr Philip Hodgson, the Institute's Lead for UK Policing and former Strategic Crime Lead at Nottingham’s Crime and Drug Partnership.