Hundreds reply on proposals to accredit officers and staff

For the first time, officers and staff are being asked if they want to be accredited for their existing skills.

Hundreds of responses have flooded into the College in the first week of its consultation which could see officers and staff get qualifications specific to their rank or role.

The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) consultation was launched on 2 February with proposals which include academic recognition for the existing workforce; a practical police degree for future entrants and a higher level apprenticeship.

 More than 300 people completed our online survey in the first 24 hours, with more than 1,100 responding in the first week.

 Current officers and staff do not have to obtain a degree through the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). The idea is to provide opportunities for those officers and staff who wish to gain a publicly recognised qualification at the relevant education level.

 The three proposals are

 Proposal 1. Establish a qualifications framework for policing so that individuals can gain recognition that has meaning and credibility

Proposal 2. Opportunities for existing officers and staff to gain accredited and publicly recognised qualifications for their existing skills, if they wish to do so

Proposal 3. Develop three entry routes for new constables

  • undergraduate degree in policing
  • graduate conversion programme
  • higher level apprenticeships

The consultation document, a factsheet and Q&A are now available.

You can respond to the consultation, which closes on 29 March 2016, through the College's online PEQF survey. (It will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete)

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