Richard Bennett award
Date: 22nd Apr 2016
Buckinghamshire New University has presented an award to Richard Bennett, Uniformed Policing Faculty Lead at the College of Policing, for his continued support for the University's courses.
Mr Bennett is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Professional Policing at Bucks New University and was previously Assistant Chief Constable for neighbourhood policing and partnerships at Thames Valley Police.
He was presented with a plaque by course leader John Nesbitt before giving a talk on the future of the service in England and Wales to students studying the Foundation Degree in Policing.
Mr Bennett said: "I was surprised and honoured to be given this award. I have been keen to support the work at Bucks New University through its Foundation Degree in Policing and other programmes.
"The blend of academic and practical work involved is the way in which I think police training and education needs to develop in the future."
Mr Nesbitt said: "It is important that we enhance the students' experience by using visiting speakers who are at the forefront of policing. We are fortunate to have Richard as a visiting Fellow and it was a pleasure to be able to present him with the plaque, as a thank you for his ongoing support."
Detective Chief Superintendent Gilbert Houalla of Thames Valley Police has also previously received an award for his support for the courses at Bucks New University.
The University is a partner of Thames Valley Police and students studying a Foundation Degree in Policing work as Special Constables on placements.
Picture caption: Richard Bennett (right) receives his award from John Nesbitt, of Bucks New University.