PCC supports UCS student with workplacement

UCS criminology student, Jemma Lynch has joined the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at Police Headquarters in Martlesham for a six week work placement.

Tim Passmore appointed Jemma under the PCC’s Internship Programme, which reflects the PCC’s commitment to help young people in Suffolk gain experience in the workplace.

Jemma is a third year Criminology student at UCS, with particular interest in the Youth Justice System.  Jemma, who went to school at Thurleston High School   in Ipswich, is particularly interested in how issues faced in childhood contribute to long term involvement in deviant or criminal activities.  She will make this the subject of her study that she will embarking on whilst on the placement.

All second and third year Criminology students at UCS were invited to apply for the six week placement and as part of the selection process were asked to produce a report linked to one of Police and Crime Commissioner’s police and crime objectives.

Jemma said, “I am delighted to have been given this exciting opportunity to work with Tim Passmore. I am looking forward to getting involved in as many areas of the work of the PCC’s office as possible. Over the summer I will be attending the public meetings and roadshows with the PCC and the Chief Constable and I hope this will give me invaluable insight into the issues which are affecting people’s everyday lives.

“I am a keen believer that children and young people should be diverted from the Youth Justice System wherever possible, and this belief has lead me to volunteer for Suffolk Youth Offending Service as a mentor for the last eighteen months.  This opportunity to spend time in Tim’s office will allow me to see how the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner supports young people in the justice system and what is being done to divert young people away from crime.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police Crime Commissioner said, “We are delighted to have Jemma working in our office under our Internship Programme. Her particular interests in youth offending and crime prevention will be very useful to the whole team.  At the end of the internship Jemma will be writing a report on how we can improve the prospects for our young people and I look forward to reading her perspective on this.”