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A former student has achieved her dream of joining the Metropolitan Police Service, starting her training the same month she completed her qualification at Nescot.

Leanne Everton, 18, finished her Level 3 Uniformed Public Services course in May, and immediately started training with the Met at their famous Hendon Police College.

Leanne is following the three-year Degree Apprenticeship route, which means she is doing on-the-job training as well as studying towards a degree at the University of East London.

“It’s hard work, and there’s a lot to learn and to think about, but I’m really enjoying it so far,” said Leanne, who applied to the Met at the end of her first year of studying at Nescot.

“I chose to study Uniformed Public Services because I hoped to become a police officer one day, and now I am. I can’t thank the staff at Nescot enough for their support and encouragement.”

Leanne’s training so far has covered legislation and police operations and procedures, as well as practical techniques including handcuffing and restraint, and she starts her patrols in October.

At the end of her apprenticeship she will be confirmed in her rank as a police constable, and she will be awarded an Honours degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Chris Gill, Uniformed Public Services Lecturer at Nescot, praised Leanne’s hard work and dedication to her course at Nescot.

“Leanne was a model student, and a pleasure to teach,” he said. “We were delighted, but not surprised, when she was accepted onto the police training scheme.

“We’re sure she will continue to work hard, and we look forward to hearing about her career in the years to come.”

Nescot offers qualifications in Uniformed Public Services at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, as well as an HND in Public Services, Crime and Criminal Justice.