"The presentations were outstanding and the students have certainly got the right skill set that employers are looking for in the future."
Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker
Forensic investigation graduate Nadine Jones feels her placement with Staffordshire Police has equipped her with the skills and experience she needs to land her dream job.
Nadine, 27, from Stoke-on-Trent was among students who recently presented their summer projects to a panel of experts following completion of a work placement at Staffordshire Police headquarters.
As an extension of her final year project undertaken at the University, Nadine worked with the Digital Forensics department to determine what data could be extracted from fitness tracking devices with a view to it being used as evidence. She said: "It was brilliant. I gained a lot of skills and experience and it opened my eyes to the work the team do on a daily basis."
Nadine, a mum of two children, worked in sales before enrolling at Staffordshire University. She graduated in July with a 2:1. "It’s given me a lot more confidence and my daughter now wants to go to University when she’s older."
Other projects included research into non-mainstream messaging apps, anti-contamination training, best practice for examining games consoles, quality standards at crime scenes. Staffordshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker attended the event to hear from the students.
DCC Baker said: "Digital forensics has become vitally important to the work that we do and most crimes now leave a digital footprint. We certainly need to be more agile in our digital investigations and it was great to see that reflected in this year’s projects. The presentations were outstanding and the students have certainly got the right skill set that employers are looking for in the future."
John Beckwith, Head of Forensics at Staffordshire Police, said: "This year’s presentations were of a particularly high standard and I feel proud of what the students have achieved. The police environment is very fast paced and we are continually having to evolve our methods to adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. Congratulations to all the students on completing a successful and productive work placement."
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