STUDENT police officers spent some of their training helping to frame paintings.
PC Oliver Boustead and PC Simon Game underwent their community placement at Frame of Mind in Bognor Regis.
The community interest company provides vocational training and wellbeing places for adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia.
They provide a bespoke picture framing and printing service to individuals and businesses from their Arun Business Park premises off Shripney Road.
At the end of their week-long stay, PC Boustead and PC Game presented Frame of Mind with £200 from Sussex Police’s community fund to help towards its work.
PC Boustead said: “It will be interesting to see what barriers the police uniform brings in the coming years.
“But my short time at Frame of Mind has opened my eyes to how important it is to treat people the same, as you would like to be treated.
“It is also important not to carry preconceptions around conditions into interacting with people. However, you have to be aware that some conditions require you to adapt your style of communications but not to forget the individual.”
The aim of the community placements is to give the student police officers the chance to understand the diverse communities and groups within their area. The programme places them with groups that provide support for all members of the community.
Jane Carter, a training officer in Sussex Police’s human resources department, said the scheme was launched in 2006. It had proved a successful, rewarding and integral part of the training for student police officers.
“Frame of Mind is one of our original host organisations and they have accommodated a large number of students on placement over the years,” she said.
“The feedback from the students is always very positive and we are hugely grateful for their support.”
Theresa Bates, a joint founder of Frame of Mind, said: “This scheme is equally as important to us as it is to the police.
“It provides our trainees with a valuable opportunity to meet police officers and get to know them as individuals and help these student officers understand the issues our trainees face on a daily basis.”