Police & Fire Service Parliamentary Schemes Graduation Dinner 2018

MPs, Lords, and representatives from the UKFRS and Police, and other guests came together at the end of April for the Police & Fire Service Parliamentary Schemes 2018 Graduation Dinner. The Fire Service College is proud to sponsor the Fire Service Parliamentary Scheme. Guests included Cressida Dick, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service; Mike Cunningham QPM, Chief Executive Officer, College of Policing; Sara Thornton CBE QPM, Chair, National Police Chiefs Council; Tim Jackson, Business Development Director, Fire Service College.

The Schemes open a practical and unique window into the world of everyday life in the fire and police services for Peers, MPs and Members of the European Parliament. Participants in the Schemes agree to take part in a 20 day programme which enables them to learn more about the UKFRS or the Police. Those who have done the basic course are able to return for a post-graduate course.

The Fire Service Parliamentary Scheme is designed to demonstrate what life is like on a shift and how firefighters handle their responsibilities to the public, to their colleagues and to their own safety. Participants are attached to a station where activities may include an introduction to basic training, wearing breathing apparatus, joining crews on watch, practical demonstrations of water and other types of rescue.

The Police Service Parliamentary Scheme provides the opportunity to gain direct experience and a better understanding of the successes, achievements, challenges and demands faced by the police on a daily basis. They are able to see the many and varied roles of a police officer – be it beat patrol, traffic, control room or the paperwork.

Sir Neil Thorne OBE TD DL, Founder and Chairman of the Schemes says “Parliamentarians are sent vast amounts of information on every conceivable subject, but when they speak they are always listened to with much greater respect if they are speaking from personal experience. This is why it is important for them to see for themselves and preferably get involved in obtaining first-hand experience of what is being done the experts.”

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