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Laura Dearden and Samantha Heapy

  • Police Community Support Officers
  • Level 3 Uniform Public Services

Laura Dearden and Samantha Heapy both studied the Uniformed Public Services course at Hopwood Hall College.

After making friends on the course they realised they had similar careers aims, which led them to both becoming Police Community Support Officers after successfully completing their courses.

Laura completed her course in 2005 and became a Police Community Support Officer in the Tactical Aid Unit with Greater Manchester Police. She has since become part of the Neighbourhood Team for Oldham West and is shortly to become a qualified police officer. Samantha is also a PCSO based at Bury Divisional Headquarters working to support the community in combating crime and disorder. She studied for two years at Hopwood Hall at intermediate and advanced level. She is a previous pupil of St Matthew’s RC High School in Moston.

Samantha says:

“Being a PCSO is an excellent way to gain experience before entering into the police force. PCSOs are embedded in the community and act as the eyes and ears of the police, gathering intelligence to form cases, leading to arrests and convictions. My tutors at Hopwood Hall were able to give me plenty of advice as many of them were previously in the force themselves. I feel that the Uniformed Public Service course at Hopwood gave both Laura and I good grounding for the career paths we both wish to pursue.”

Laura says:

“I came to Hopwood Hall after finishing my studies at North Chadderton School in Oldham. I enjoyed every minute at college because the course is very practical and so well respected within the services. Now that I’m a PCSO I realise how all the different aspects of the course are relevant to my job with GMP such as physical fitness training, team building, emergency response and first aid.”

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