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James Maquire

What appealed to you about your course at Northumbria?

I enjoyed Psychology at A Level and wanted to expand my knowledge up to degree level. I chose Northumbria as the course was BPS accredited and the University was local.

What did you like most about your course?

What I liked most about the course was the freedom to research my dissertation.

What did you do after you graduated?

After graduating, I joined Northumbria Police as a Police Community Support Officer. My role involves crime prevention and liaising with community groups and partner agencies, reducing crime and disorder and dealing with anti-social behaviour, problem solving and designing out cime in hotspots.

Briefly describe a typical working day.

I will start the day by checking through the previous days incidents and calling or visiting victims to provide reassurance and suggest solutions to issues. I will patrol hotspots to provide reassurance and to gather intelligence on local issues. I will liaise with the Council and other agencies to address issues brought to my attention on that day. I will attend incidents of anti-social behaviour and take enforcement or other action.

How did your degree at Northumbria benefit your career?

My degree provided me with analytical skills when it comes to understanding human behaviour which comes in useful when trying to address people with long standing mental health issues. It also gave me confidence and improved my communication skills which are of benefit when I have to give speeches or lead community meetings.

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