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Students have been helping South Yorkshire Police with the training of police officers.

Public services students from Dearne Valley College in Wath-upon-Dearne participated in crowd control exercises at the nearby training base in Manvers, a site they regularly visit as part of their studies.

The facility, formerly a call centre, was opened by the police in December 2010 and as well classrooms has a number of open spaces based on city environments for use in practical work.

The facility also contains mock prison cells and custody suites for scenarios inside a police station.

Inspector Adrian McWalter, head of Public Order Command and Tactical Training, praised the students for taking part in the exercise.

He said: “It is fantastic that students from Dearne Valley College have assisted my staff with the delivery of our training scenarios.

“The students not only took part in the simulations, they are given a tour of the site and given a presentation by staff from within the department on the complexities faced by police officers.”

He said by helping with police training, students were gaining a valuable insight into the way the police operate.

Nick Lawton, a public services tutor for the college, said: “This experience will hopefully prepare our students for the future should they choose a career in the uniformed services.”