Durham and Cleveland Police Tactical Support Unit – BA Film and moving image production students joined forces with North-East firearms experts to make a series of videos to promote officers’ skills.
Fourteen highly experienced staff help train police officers from around the world using state of the art facilities including an abseil tower, indoor ranges and sophisticated interactive judgemental video unit. Director of training Insp Andy McGregor-Taylor approached CCAD’s Creative Film and Moving Image Production degree to help with its global marketing, a project aimed at boosting links with the community.
A film crew spent three days at the centre meeting staff, planning the videos and shooting the footage with police personnel in a variety of scenarios, from robberies to hostage situations. Business development manager for the Tactical Training Centre Michaela Bourke said: “It costs around £2m to run the centre and to offset the cost we train police from around the world. The videos will be a great at showing it off at its best.”
Insp McGregor-Taylor added: “We needed an up to date dynamic video and also wanted to offer local students the opportunity to become involved in a genuine project. We showed them the facility and listed the areas we wanted highlighting and they did the rest. They have been incredibly enthusiastic, very professional and great to work with.” Tutor Mike Boyle said: “There is no substitute for a live brief with a real client, pressures and deadlines. “We try to open up as many experiences as possible to students but the police video truly was an exceptional opportunity and has had a massive impact on those involved. It will be an invaluable addition to their portfolios and, I’m sure, will inspire them for years to come.”