Students are focused on crime

PHOTOGRAPHY students at a Rotherham college have been given a rare insight into the work of a scenes of crime officer.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 11:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 3:03 pm

DC Richard Gagen, of South Yorkshire Police, started a series of visits to Rotherham College of Arts and Technology to talk to students on a BTEC National Diploma in Photography course.

On future visits DC Gagen will help students take part in fictitious crime scenes – drama students will write and act out the incidents, beauty therapy students will ‘create’ the wounds and then photography students will take pictures of the victims.

Student Emily Dawson said: “The visit was awesome and gave us a really interesting insight into the role of a police photographer.

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“I would definitely consider going into a career in this area now.

Fellow student Caroline Kitchen, who is hoping to work as a photographer with the police, added: “This work is something that lots of people don’t get to see.

“I have been interested in scenes of crime photography for a while and now I plan to go to university so that I will be properly qualified for this kind of work.”