Suffolk New College students take part in riot police training
PUBLISHED: 10:02 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:02 21 January 2016
Students at Suffolk New College found out what a day on the protest frontline for police officers entails after a training project.
Students from the public services course joined Norfolk and Suffolk Police Support Unit (PSU) for the three-day exercise.
At the Ministry of Defence Police Training Base in Wethersfield, near Braintree, the students took part in a protest simulation, where they pretended to be an angry crowd hurling wooden blocks at officers.
The officers also had to deal with petrol bombs thrown by police trainers.
Tutor Martin Memory, who previously served with Suffolk police, said: “This is one of the highlights for our students who, while having a fun day, get a unique opportunity to appreciate what efforts are made to make police training as realistic as possible.”
The students were also able to learn more about methods police use to deal with angry protesters, such as how police dogs are used to disperse crowds.
Suffolk police chief inspector Matt Carney added: “The college students were very enthusiastic and helpful to our training.
“We could not practice our tactics without the support of volunteers.”