Police Studies graduate aims for cyber security career

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Date: 7th Sep 2018

A BSc (Hons) Police Studies and Criminal Justice graduate who has won an outstanding achievement award said his long-term goal was to work in cyber security.

Dominik Lennard was presented with the Outstanding Achievement in the Institute of Professional Policing from Inspector Peter Wall of Thames Valley Police (pictured) when he graduated on Wednesday 5 September. Dominik Lennard and Inspector Peter Wall

The ambitious graduate said: “I feel amazed to have won the award as that wasn’t my motivation in working as hard as I did. My focus was simply on the long-term implications that achieving a high grade would bring on my future.”

As part of his degree Dominik worked with Thames Valley Police in Maidenhead and Windsor and said he would now be taking up a role with the organisation.

He added: “I have currently volunteered nearly 700 hours over the last two years, working with the reactive teams attending incidents of domestic abuse, mental health, burglaries, robberies and much, much more.

“My next step is to join Thames Valley Police with the aim that a few years down the line I may progress to become a detective.

“My long-term goal is to work in cyber security, either with the National Crime Agency or privately. It is something which I have a keen interest in and which was the topic of my dissertation.”

Speaking about studying at Bucks New University, Dominik said: “There are numerous benefits to studying at Bucks New University.

“These range from the amazing studying facilities, the numerous societies to let your mind rest, and the close proximity of the University to the centre of town.

“However, the best aspect are the lecturers. All the lecturers really want their students to succeed and will go the extra mile for them, not only for academic reasons but also welfare issues.

“While I did not require a lot of help, whenever I had a question that needed answering I would never have to wait long for a reply.

“My dissertation supervisor, Maurice Collins, was especially helpful and we had almost weekly meetings about my progress on my dissertation.”

Allison Savory, Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Police Studies and Criminal Justice, said Dominik inspired other students.

She added: “Dominik was a student who consistently achieved his good work by attending teaching sessions and being on hand to help other students by discussing his opinions and experiences within the Special Constabulary.

“From the first year I noted that he worked well within a team and inspired the best out of all working with him during team projects.

“Although there were other worthy students in his year, I and the other Policing lecturers were unanimous that he should be the recipient of this award.

“It has been a pleasure to teach him and a pleasure to see hard work go rewarded. We feel proud that yet another of our students are going on to a policing career.”

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