Mark Flint-Freel, lecturer in Criminology, has created a series of videos to form a larger case study for the BA (Hons) Policing programme. The idea is to show the students a crime scene, working their way from an arrest of a suspect through to cross examination in court.
With a greater number of students applying for the BA (Hons) Policing programme, Mark had to think about the fact that this would not allow each student to be able to role play each scenario needed. Therefore, by using recorded video footage he would be able to stop and replay the footage at sections within the film.
The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team assisted Mark to formulate a plan of action to create this case study. Together they worked through the possibilities and requirements for future students on the course.
The project examines the idea of using technologies to teach and train future police graduate students. Giving the students a ‘real-world’ experience albeit not a physical hands on activity.
The case study has a number of different sections involving a theft of motor vehicle, recovery of stolen property, the arrest and detention of a suspect, the interview of a suspect and the presentation of evidence within court, allowing for discussion and debate at the end of each section.
The project will be used throughout the 1st and 2nd year Policing programme.
The main aims of the project were to create a resource that:
- Allow greater discussion and debate of good and bad practice seen within the case study.
- Gives the students a more interactive experience and greater student participation within the course.
- Would give the students a more realistic idea of what happens in the police force, when it is unpractical to physically to this on location.
The project was created with the current BA (Hons) Policing students going through each section of the case study as a police officer within the scene, giving them a greater knowledge base to their learning. The case study will then be aimed for the next group of students to pick up on the clues left behind in the video and create a discussion about what they would do in the same situation.
The overall aim for the project was to give the students the chance to experience greater interactive participation. With this it allows the students scope for more discussion and debates around good and bad practice.
Sections within the case study, e.g. the custody section, are being used by other programmes within the university and are extremely useful to trainee police officers. Many trainees are unable to get a real-life example of this kind of work during their training, and will only encounter it once fully trained. Therefore, this kind of training using video will give the students assistance in gaining experience and an understanding of what to expect.
An example of what has been created can be seen in this short excerpt: