This joint initiative pits trainee journalists against training police detectives to provide both groups with real life experience as part of the official preparation of the detectives for the WA Police Detective Training School. The program, first held in May 2010 and repeated in June, sees groups of 10 journalism students attend the Police Academy in Joondalup to work as a competitive media pack, interrogating police detectives as they emerge from the Academy's mock court. Journalism students are also present when police detectives present their evidence, as part of the mock crime investigation. This provides students with the opportunity to fine-tuned their court reporting skills while listening to the presentation of the facts.
The collaboration exposes student journalists and detectives to realistic crime investigations and creates a high pressure setting in which students and journalists learn how to ask and answer questions.
Dr Kayt Davies.
WA Police Academy, WA Police Detective Training School.