A student from Welwyn has seen her work on raising awareness for victim's rights go nationwide, as it was shared with police forces across the UK.

Danielle Thompsett, a third year BSc Psychology with Criminology student at Nottingham Trent University, is currently on a year-long placement with Bedfordshire Police working as a victim and witness intern.

As part of her role, the 21-year-old was tasked with developing a strategy to ensure that all victims were appropriately treated by officers, in line with the Victims’ Code of Practice.

She designed a set of QR code stickers, directing officers to a website she created, allowing them to quickly access information while on duty.

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Danielle other work includes a focus on listening to child witnesses, and a series of videos filmed in crown court, which will be used as a reference point for officers, to familiarise witnesses with the courtroom and to guide officers on how to apply for special measures for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses.

The videos are now set to be shared nationally, much to the delight of Danielle.

"The fact that other forces are interested in my ideas has reaffirmed to me the importance of my work and how much of a difference it can make," she said.

"I’m really proud of these projects and how I’ve been able to have a real impact.

"I’ve found this placement really insightful, particularly the work with children and vulnerable adults as a lot of these cases discuss instances of mental health, which links to my psychology course and aspects of mental health diagnosis and warning symptoms."

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Danielle has now been nominated for a Chief Officer’s commendation recognising her outstanding work, with Marie Gresswell, Detective Chief Inspector at Bedfordshire Police, saying: "Danielle’s refreshing take on accomplishing our team goal makes it an absolute pleasure to work with her, with her fresh ideas and imagination.

"She has handled every project to an exceptionally high standard and shown resilience, experience, knowledge, and critical thinking. We have loved getting her perspective on policing and the results have shown."