The College of Policing launched a consultation in 2016 on plans to require all police recruits to hold a policing qualification at degree level. The plans were agreed in 2017 as part of the College’s Policing Educational Qualifications Framework (PEQF) with the expectation that the degree requirement would take effect from 2020. The PEQF provided for three entry routes for police constables:
- The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), introduced from April 2018, involving academic study in parallel with operational work
- The pre-join degree in professional policing, introduced from 2020, where prospective recruits acquire their degree in policing in advance of recruitment
- The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP; introduced from 2020), for those with prior degrees in other disciplines.
A consortium of academics from Birkbeck, University of London and University College London conducted a two year research project funded by the Home Office Innovation Programme. The aim of the work was to contribute to an evidence-informed dialogue about the nature, quality and purpose of police education. More specifically the project examined questions that relate to the development of the DHEP, including:
- How do graduate police recruits learn about the standards for policing and the public expectations of a police officer?
- How do graduate police recruits apply their critical skills (gleaned from their university study) to their decision-making as a police office? What is the role of evidence here?
- How do graduate police officers learn the essential skills/craft of policing? Do they have different learning styles from non-graduate recruits? What is the role of evidence here?
- What is the theory of change for requiring graduate entry – that is, what are the key elements of policing that are expected to result from graduate training, and how?
The project involved several elements; the team conducted a review of the UK research literature on analogous conversion courses provided for graduates entering law, teaching, and the social work profession, and a further review of the international literature about effective police training. Team members interviewed staff in police force Learning and Development (L & D) Departments to assess readiness to introduce the DHEP from 2020. They also interviewed recruits undergoing a graduate-entry programme designed and delivered by Police Now (PN), to track experiences of the pre-existing graduate programme that is closest to the DHEP.
This thought provoking science-practitioner symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to debate current thinking on police training pathways, evidence-based policing, and putting the learner centre stage. This symposium brings together the complementary strands of the Home Office Innovation work and though the work of Dr Telep places this within an international context. Our aim is to stimulate a robust discussion engaging a wide range of stakeholders.
This symposium will debate:
- International perspectives on the professionalisation agenda and best practice in policing training; including lessons learned from other professions and the implications for policing
- To what extent is a culture of organisational learning and reflection compatible with a law enforcement context? How can we ‘translate’ EBP from macro models to local micro implementation?
- How can we win hearts and minds for fundamental changes to policing training?
For further information please see the attached flyer.
We very much hope you will be able to join us. To register, please click on the link below (please be aware this is an eventbrite link and will direct you away from the N8 PRP website):