Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Metropolitan Police Service use VC to connect to Schools

Over 400 pupils across six primary schools in Redbridge were able to speak to and question PCSO Alan Winston 7233JI from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Wanstead Safer Neighbourhoods Team during a video conference last Friday morning. This was the first time the MPS have used VC to communicate to schools in this way.
Connected through Janet(UK) from offices at Wanstead House (a partnership with the British Council and VCfGL), PCSO Alan Winston was able to speak to hundreds of pupils located in different schools in just one hour.

PCSO Winston quoted " The benefits of the video conference was that I could talk to lots of young people all at once and answer their questions. The technology is amazing because it is a secure link straight into schools".

 Winston was asked many questions about qualities needed to join the police force, the hardest parts of his job and crime in the local area. The pupils aged 8-11 were all keen to find out more about his career and what it was like to be a PCSO.

This video conference showcased how the MPS can use video conferencing technology to reach out to young people through a secure VC network that already exists for schools across London and the UK. 

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