Studied: Level 2 and 3 Public Services
Progression: HND Public Services
Although he has spent time with the air cadets and is an army reservist, Tre Higgins has his sights set firmly on a career in the police force.
“The more I’m learning about the police force through college, the more I want to join it,” said Tre. “These courses bring to life everything about being in a public services role. Looking into the operational and managerial side of the police force through trips, talks and classroom activities is inspiring.”
Growing up, Tre’s career ambitions always revolved around the public services. Initially, he was drawn to a role in the RAF in a logistics capacity. Joining the air cadets and studying BTECs, encouraged him to change his mind,
“I didn’t initially have much confidence in my future,” Tre admitted. “Being in college gave me the insights and self-belief to consider a more public-facing career. And then as I got into my studies and started putting myself out there, I realised how much I wanted to be a police officer.”
Tre decided to carry on studying at a higher education level so that he could continue improving his understanding of police work, the working environment and community relations. He is as keen as ever to experience as much as he possible about what life is like on the front line. Being involved in Streetwatch; a voluntary public patrol with the local police allows him to do this.
Tre is one of a number of Walsall College’s pubic services students belonging to the programme.
“A student group and I have been on patrol with a PCSO. And on another occasion, three students and I have gone out without an officer,” said Tre. “People respond positively to us. This makes me keen to do this patrol as often as possible next year when I move on to the HND course.”
After completing a full honours degree, Tre will apply to join the police force.