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UNITED KINGDOM: Region 10 welcomes German Police Officers

Successful Exchange Programme

Dated 10-08-2017

IPA UK’s Region 10 (Essex and East London) have for the past four years arranged a two-weeks ‘internship’ for student German Police Officers from Brandenburg, in the spirit of Section UK’s ILDEP (International Learning and Development Exchange Programme) scheme, and 2017 was no different.
This year we welcomed Melanie Vrede and Sven Mosig. Both spoke excellent English and were excited about their attachment to Essex Police, based at Colchester.
Over the years I have tried to arrange the students’ itinerary so they get as much varied UK policing experience as possible and maybe a chance to experience duties different to their usual tasks in Germany.
Their first three days were spent in plain-clothes with officers from ‘Operation Raptor’, a divisionally managed local drugs enforcement team that specialises in investigating local and travelling drug dealers. Both German officers joined in with the team and were involved with local arrest and drugs warrant operations.
Sven spent a day with Crime Scene Investigators at Clacton Police Station, where a dwelling burglary examination took him and CSI Gareth Jones to the south of the county. Melanie was deployed to accompany a CSI to a burglary scene, where a car had been stolen, and she assisted in taking fingerprints with the CSI.
At the weekend both Melanie and Sven did what most of their previous colleagues have done and went on a ‘whistle-stop’ tour of London in glorious weather only returning home due to ‘exhaustion’!
The start of the following week saw them for two days attached to the local policing team at Colchester, patrolling routinely with uniformed officers in marked police cars. Whilst there, they were shown around the town hall and met the Mayor plus their staff, plus visited Essex University and its campus as well as the remainder of the Colchester area policed by the team.
All exchange student officers have to prepare and deliver a thesis, allocated by their supervisors, upon their return. As this year’s subject was ‘police corruption’, I contacted Essex Police Professional Standards Dept. where Melanie and Sven were granted a day to find out about the complaints procedure and corruption investigations.
Whist at the Police HQ they also took the opportunity to meet up with IPA South East Essex Branch Secretary Ben-Pedro Anido. Ben is a serving Essex detective and the differences in German / UK policing methods were compared.
The next day the pair were warmly welcomed at the Essex Police Air Support Unit and very soon each was ‘scrambled’ to accompany the helicopter crew to locations including Basildon to search a park area, Hertfordshire for a man with a knife, and Peterborough for a vulnerable man who was missing. Melanie hadn’t flown in a helicopter before and was most apprehensive but luckily took to it like a ‘duck to water’ and enjoyed every second! Sven, a seasoned ex-paratrooper took it all in his stride. Both were then able to take a flight over London.
After describing their visit as ‘wonderful and fantastic’ the next day they were safely delivered to the airport – another successful internship completed!!
As usual Region 10 would like to thank the Command Team at Colchester Police Station for allowing the visit to take place, Det. Sgt Andy Stott of ‘Operation Raptor’, Senior CSI Gareth Jones, Sgt Lou Middleton, Det. Inspector John Walne and PC Paul Roberts for their valued assistance in the visit itinerary.
Already we are looking forward to next year!

Steve Hunt, IPA UK Region 10 Secretary

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