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A group of students from Loreto College Coleraine received a very informative talk from Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody, Head of Training for the PSNI, on 11th April 2013.

Chief Superintendent Dunwoody outlined for the students, who were from the Junior, GCSE and A level years at Loreto College, the importance of skills associated with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the problem-solving tasks associated with Police work.  Chief Superintendent Dunwoody also outlined the importance of skills in Communication and Computing, demonstrating with examples drawn from issues of great interest and relevance to the students themselves, such as use of social networking and mobile phone technology.

The talk was introduced by Mr Pat Jamison of Sentinus, who outlined the vital role of STEM subjects, as well as areas such as Criminology, Sociology, Psychology and transferable skills of communication and computing expertise, commenting that Police work was to an extent a form of ‘applied Science’.

Thanking Chief Superintendent Dunwoody and Mr Jamison on behalf of all the students and staff present, Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, commented that the talk had given a fascinating insight into the range of career opportunities available within the PSNI, and how the skills learned at school could be transferable into such a rewarding and worthwhile area of employment.