The first trainees enrolled on a degree apprenticeship in policing will begin their studies at the University of Cumbria next autumn.
The College of Policing announced last week that all new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level by 2020 in a move which it’s said will help modernise the police service.
The University of Cumbria has its own thriving criminology department which has evolved from a working partnership with Cumbria Constabulary that began in 2007. £441,000 has been invested in the development of the policing apprenticeship with the University of Cumbria leading a consortium of 10 other institutions to this qualification alongside employers and the College of Policing
‘Graduate entry into the police marks a new era for the service, supported by the College of Policing’s agenda to professionalise the police service,’ says Julian Parker-McLeod, Principal Lecturer in Criminology Policing and Social Science. “The University of Cumbria is delighted to be working with the College and the service to develop new and exciting opportunities for people wishing to join the police. UoC not only offers routes in to policing for new starters but comprehensive development opportunities for existing police officers and staff, enabling them to attain academic qualifications whilst accrediting previous police learning and experience.”
Mike Tonge, the University of Cumbria’s partnerships and business development manager who spent 30 years as a police officer, said. ”Policing has changed dramatically. Crime has become much more complex. I think the public want to know that officers are experts in their field and have an academic qualification to show for that.”
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