North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable gives inspirational talk to Risedale College pupils

: Risedale Y9 & 10 students, Senior Teacher Sarah Cox, Chief Constable Lisa Winward and PC Sean Godfrey.

Students from years 9 and 10 at Risedale Sports and Community College were this week given a talk by the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Lisa Winward.

Chief Constable Winward began her talk by telling the students about her background and what inspired her to become a police officer.

She then explained what policing in North Yorkshire was like, how the service is structured and in what ways the criminal justice service has changed over the years.

The visit was part of the Speakers for Schools programme which aims to connect young people with inspiring and influential individuals, providing impactful school talks to broaden students’ minds.

This was Chief Constable Winward’s first official engagement representing Speakers for Schools and was delighted with how the afternoon went.

Lisa said: “This is the best part of my job.

“We rely on close relationships with the local community and our work with young people is essential. Events like these are an excellent opportunity to give them insight into something they may know nothing about and to answer any questions they may have.”

Senior teacher at Risedale, Sarah Cox said: “The students were really responsive.

“Many of them wanted to know more about what qualifications they would need to join the police force and some even stayed after the end of the day school to ask Lisa more questions.”

One of Chief Constable Winward’s key messages was about her passion for volunteering and the immense value in helping others selflessly. She encouraged the students to consider joining the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme, a national organisation open to all young people aged 14 to 18. The Catterick branch is based at Risedale and run by North Yorkshire Police.

Year 9 student Benjamin Fulton (13 years) said: “It was a great afternoon. Chief Constable Winward’s words were very inspiring. It’s really got me thinking about my future.”

PC Sean Godfrey also attended the talk and said: “The students were great; I work with Risedale a lot and really enjoy being in the classroom with them. Their enthusiasm was as evident as ever and the questions from the year 9 students were particularly good. I’m sure we have some police officers in the making here.”

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