Legal Studies Excursion
By Annabelle Creer, Captain of Legal Studies
On Monday 3 April, the Year 11 Legal Studies students were fortunate to take part in a full-day excursion as a part of our current unit of study on ‘Crime’. The excursion aimed to enhance our knowledge of the criminal justice system in a practical manner. We were given access to a number of facilities, some of which are off-limits to the general public.
The day kicked off with a visit to the police canines, where we met the officers who train the dogs to work in the force. We were shown obstacle tracks, where the dogs are taught agility, in preparation for the situations they encounter, and we visited rooms set up to mimic the real-life situations where raids and drug busts might occur. These situations included an airport baggage carousel, a warehouse and rooms within a house.
At the conclusion of the visit to the canines, we went to the police training facility, AFP Majura Training Centre, on the other side of the campus. We visited the gun range and defensive tactics training rooms and students were able to handle the officer’s protection vests, handcuffs and mock guns. This was an exceptional insight into how the officers are trained to both maintain and enforce the law.
Our next stop was at the new forensics facility, where a forensic scientist described the ways in which forensics are used to analyse objects from crime scenes to better understand the criminal cases involved.
We also visited the Alexander Maconochie Centre, which is attached to the prison facility, where we met a current inmate. I found this to be the most powerful aspect of the day. The detainee spoke of his previous job in the public service, which ended when he began associating with the crowd, was convicted of a crime and was sentenced to four years in prison. He is currently in the halfway house, where detainees have more freedom than in the cells within the facility. He confided his regret over his actions, and made the point that a few bad decisions can alter the course of your life. We learnt of the struggles he will face due to his sentence in finding a job and connecting with his family and friends.
Our final and most memorable element of the day was a captivating presentation by AFP Detective Superintendent Cartwright, who described his investigation of a crime that led to the successful prosecution of two people for murder and manslaughter.
Overall, the day was a huge success during which we experienced many elements involved in the processes of crime beyond the classroom. Thank you to Mrs Braithwaite for organising the day; it could not have happened without you. Thank you also to Ms Alison Steven, for accompanying and assisting students on the day.