Bringing Professional Policing to Newman University

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In 2016, the College of Policing, the regulatory body responsible for standards and education in policing, introduced the Police Education Qualifications framework (PEQF) to develop academic programmes for the 43 police services in England and Wales. This incorporated the requirement to obtain an undergraduate Degree in Professional Policing in order to gain employment as a police officer, in a move to professionalise the service, as with other public roles such as nursing and social work. Having spent 30 years as a Police Officer in Nottinghamshire Police, I can see that this is most definitely the biggest change to police training in decades.

In 2019, the Government pledged to recruit 20,000 additional police officer for the UK within 3 years. In reality, this recruitment would actually be to recruit thousands more officers if you take into account all of those retiring and leaving the service, so there is no better time to become a police officer in England and Wales than now.

Newman is about to start the Degree in Professional Policing to educate those that wish to apply to the police and equip them with a vast knowledge of skills and abilities as required by the College of Policing. Students will learn everything from the history of the police, diversity and inclusion, community policing, investigations, roads policing, major incidents, public protection and serious organised crime, right through to conducting their own evidence-based policing research project.

West Midlands Police Service is the regional police force for Birmingham, however, students can apply to any service when they graduate. Police Services around the UK are currently seeking graduates from this programme so it is an exciting time for us.

To find out more about our BA (Hons) Professional Policing degree, please visit the course page.
– Shaun Ostle (Senior Lecturer in Professional Policing) –
Categories: Policing

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