COMMUNITY groups and schools can bag their own student bobby.
West Yorkshire Police now has a new way to train recruits - and part of it means they must spend several days working for community-based organisations such as hospices, hospitals, youth or voluntary groups.
The placement will be in the police division where they are based.
Sgt Simon Baxter, from the force training school, said: "We are working with more than 40 agencies county-wide at the moment.
"Everyone who has taken part so far has been extremely positive about the scheme. A student officer is placed with them for four days.
"They show him or her the work they do and get the opportunity to influence that person's thinking for the rest of their police career.
"It is also a chance for organisations to discuss their hopes and concerns for the future and to help the student officer to broaden his or her knowledge to make them a more well-rounded individual."
He added: "This scheme - as well as the rest of our new training programme - is a shift for us towards citizen-focused policing.
"It is the first time we have trained our own officers.
" Previously they were trained out of force in other areas such as Durham."
Student officers in West Yorkshire take part in an Initial Police Learning and Development Programme in partnership with Huddersfield University, which results in a Foundation Degree in Police Studies.
After four weeks at Huddersfield University looking at diversity, community issues and some aspects of law, the students do their four-day community placement.
They write a 4,000 word essay about their experience.
About 18 months into their two-year training programme, student officers will complete a further four-day placement.
This will be more demanding and will deal with harder to reach groups such as travellers or people with drug or alcohol problems.
By this time the officers are trained to deal with these more complex and demanding situations.
Any groups interested in joining the scheme can contact Sgt Baxter on 01924 208060.