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Burnley College University Courses Students on Groundbreaking Policing and Criminal Justice Trip to Miami 

In an ambitious move to bridge academic learning with real-world experience, Burnley College University Courses (BCUC) Learners have been taking part in a pioneering educational trip.

The degree-level Students in Policing, Criminology, and Criminal Justice programmes travelled to Miami, Florida, to meet with police officers there.

The trip provided an in-depth insight into the operational dynamics of the police force in the United States, contrasting with the UK’s law enforcement practices.

Ami Leak, Curriculum Manager in Science, Health and Education at BCUC, highlighted the significance of this initiative:


“This trip to Miami is much more than simply an educational journey; it’s an exploration into the heart of international criminal justice systems.  

“Our students have had an unparalleled opportunity to witness firsthand the complexities and challenges that shape policing strategies across borders.” 

Curriculum Manager, Science, Health and Education

Ami Leak, Burnley College

The meticulously-planned itinerary included visits to key institutions such as the Miami Dade School of Justice, Public Safety and Law Studies, where students met the college president and engaged in discussions about law enforcement education.

The group also observed court hearings; toured a jail; visited the state attorney’s office and the Miccosukee and Doral Police Stations.

Ami added:

“Our aim is to equip BCUC students with a broad perspective on criminal justice.

“Seeing the differences and similarities between the UK and US systems will enrich their understanding, preparing them for a diverse range of career paths in this field.”

The initiative reflects BCUC’s commitment to offering innovative and comprehensive degree-level study programmes. With the launch of a BSc (Hons) Police Studies with Criminal Investigation degree, BCUC continues to expand its portfolio, ensuring students receive a well-rounded education that encompasses theoretical knowledge and practical insights.

Ami says this visit exemplifies everything BCUC stands for:

“We believe in creating opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. This trip embodies our ethos of experiential learning, setting a new standard for academic excellence in policing and criminal justice education.”

Find out more about the Policing, Criminology, and Criminal Justice programmes at BCUC.