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Officers volunteer their STEM skills as part of British Science Week
20 Mar | 12:31

A group of intrepid investigators were treated to a masterclass in forensics when officers from Northumbria Police gave up their day off to help deliver a special session as part of British Science Week 2019.

Pupils from Newminster Middle School in Morpeth pulled on their overalls, rolled up their sleeves and learned how STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are vital in helping investigators uncover clues at crime scenes and stay one step ahead of the offenders.

Schools across the country took part in the ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths which ran from March 8-17.

Kirsty Potter, Scientific Support Operations Manager at Northumbria Police delivered a number of back-to-back sessions as part of the special educational event held at the Morpeth school last week.

She was joined by Neighbourhood Beat Manager Darren Stapleton and PCSO Holly Went, who gave up their day off especially to help out at the event. As part of their session, they transformed the school’s sports hall in to a cordoned off crime scene.

PC Stapleton said: "It is a fantastic part of my job to be able to go into schools and talk to pupils and give them a bit more insight in to the work we do as a Force and how we do it.

“The CSI sessions at Newminster Middle School were a lot of fun and it was a very enjoyable day for myself and for PCSO Went.

“STEM subjects are really important and are very valuable in a lot of areas of policing. It was a great day and I want to thank the pupils for being so enthusiastic and passionate about the subject and also want to thank the teachers for inviting us into the school."

Elizabeth Kinninment Headteacher at Newminster Middle school said: "Our annual STEM day is a really important part of our enrichment curriculum. It is fantastic that so many ambassadors from the world of work are willing to come and share their knowledge and expertise with us. 

"The students gain a huge amount from events such as this and we hope that we can continue to build on these relationships with our local community.  The students had a fantastic time learning from the team. Thank you."

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