Arresting developments for award-winning graduate


Date: 7th Sep 2017

A Buckinghamshire New University graduate has gained first-class honours in her degree and won an award from Thames Valley Police for the quality of her work.

Beth Copeland graduated in BSc (Hons) Police Studies with Criminal Investigation and is working as a 999 Operator at Thames Valley Police HQ in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

She was presented with the Thames Valley Police Shield at her graduation after impressing during two years working as Special Constable in High Wycombe as part of her degree.

Beth said: “I’m very honoured that I was put forward for the award and even more so that I won it.

“The highlight of my three years at Bucks New University was most definitely the two years as a Special Constable in High Wycombe. I enjoyed it so much I have continued working in the role alongside my position in Kidlington.

“Working as a Special Constable gave me a valuable insight into the world of policing, of the experiences that officers face daily and the pressures that are facing policing officers in contemporary society.

“In University I also spoke to prospective students on behalf of Thames Valley Police at Open Days. Being a Special Constable is one of my proudest achievements.”

Beth also worked as a Student Ambassador at Bucks New University, trained by and working for the Directorate of Marketing and Student Recruitment, covering a variety of events and roles.

Speaking about her time studying at the University, she added: “The lecturers were a massive influence in making my time at Bucks New University enjoyable.

“Their personal experiences in both the Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley Police was extremely helpful in putting classroom-based scenarios in the perspective of a real officer.”

Senior Lecturer Maurice Collins said: “Throughout her three years of studies at Bucks, Beth has always gone that extra mile to support others including not only her fellow students but also potential students interested in undertaking the course.

“She has helped to develop less experienced Special Constables through offering support and guidance, and she enthusiastically supported  the teaching team develop their courses with constructive feedback. Beth has been an excellent student and a role model for others who she inspires with her positive attitude and energy.”

Inspector Chloe Robinson, of Thames Valley Police, (pictured with Beth Copeland) said: “I worked closely with Beth while she was a Special Constable and part of a team which I used to supervise.

“Special Constables are volunteer police officers who play an incredibly important role in policing the Thames Valley and being a Special Constable provides a range of new opportunities and skills to individuals.

“Beth has been a credit to the Special Constabulary and an absolute pleasure to work with.”


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