ACC Sharn Basra with Interns Image Bedfordshire Police

The interns come from across the UK and from various subject backgrounds

Bedfordshire Police has welcomed five interns into the force to bring new ideas and innovative thinking, while giving them the opportunity to learn vital working life skills to build their professional experience.

On Friday (2 October 2020) the new interns completed their induction week and will be joining their specialist policing teams next week.

The interns come from across the UK and from various subject backgrounds. They have been placed in different teams including the Public Protection Unit, the Mental Health Hub and the Strategic Services & Improvement Department. Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said:

“Our internship enables the force to connect and give back to the younger generation. We are able to pass on vital skills to help them in the future and give them an insight into what a career in policing could look like for them.

“Interns bring new and fresh ideas to the table, which can help us think differently when tackling new issues, as well as a much needed helping hand to support our teams and manage our busy demand.”

The force has been running paid internships for six years, with 75 interns benefitting from summer and sandwich work placements. Internships provide a learning environment for students as they are able to gain essential working skills, learn how to interact in a real working environment and put into practice the knowledge they have gained from their university studies.

Mark Mason, Cadet and Internship Officer, said:

“It’s really rewarding seeing the interns develop during their time with us and really become a valued member of their team.

“It’s encouraging to see that our internship has inspired so many of our past students to join a career in policing, and even join us here in Bedfordshire as police officers or staff.

“There are so many paths to take when you join the force and it’s great to see the interns taking that opportunity.”

Bedfordshire Police internship applications for the sandwich year placements in 2021 will open in January. Those interested should follow the force’s social channels or visit Police Interns to stay up to date with the application windows.