STUDENTS recieved a special thank you from a police chief.
The students from East Durham College in Peterlee took part in an eight-week volunteering programme with Police Community Support Officers.
They then presented details about the work they had done to Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton.
The students took part in neighbourhood watch canvassing, speed awareness and crime prevention initiatives.
Chief Constable Barton. who met the students during a visit to Peterlee Police Station, said: “When I met the students I was really inspired by the hard work they have done over the last few weeks.
“They have a fantastic enthusiasm towards their studies and the world of policing.
“Some people only see the police as something that enforces the law, but these students recognise and understand the need for community engagement that is required in modern day policing.”
The college’s uniformed public services course leader Gill Draper said: “They have completed tasks that have taken them outside their comfort zone, but they have taken on these tasks willingly and have learned a great deal.”