11 July 2019

Update on training for new police constables

New training is being established across forces in England and Wales

‚ÄčOver the next year, new training for officers joining policing will be up and running in more than 30 police forces across England and Wales.

Officers are already undergoing the updated training in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, South Wales, Gwent, Dyfed-Powys, West Midlands, Northumbria, Avon and Somerset and Staffordshire.

As police forces across the country begin to introduce the new training, it's important to remember why the service agreed to make these changes.

Policing has significantly changed since the last training course for new recruits was introduced 13 years ago.

The job of being an officer is more complex and the demands on police are changing and increasing as criminals become more sophisticated.

The public expects police officers to be given the best training to protect them and we believe officers should be recognised for the complexity of the job they do. The new training was independently assessed as being degree standard. It includes digital policing, vulnerability, disclosure, mental health & more and still requires police officers to have empathy, compassion and common sense.

It is important to note, you don't need a degree to join as a police constable.

There are three new ways to prepare new recruits for the role of constable, including an apprenticeship which trains you to degree level.

Apprenticeship
Join as a constable and follow an apprenticeship in professional policing practice - you earn while you learn. This route normally takes three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a degree.

Degree-holder entry
If you have a degree in any subject, you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning.  This route normally takes two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing practice when you complete your probation.
 
Pre-join degree
If you want to study first, you can do a three year degree in professional policing at your own expense, and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme. Being a special constable can be included in this route.

Police officers and the public can find more information on our website.

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