Chief welcomes recruits to new training program

The Norfolk Chief Constable has welcomed the first class of officers starting a new police training programme.

Paul Sanford met recruits at the Hethersett Old Hall Forces Training Center on Wednesday April 20, 2022, speaking to them personally and welcoming them to the Constabulary.

Norfolk Police have now started providing the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), signaling the biggest change in police training for a generation.

The new national framework for professional training and qualification of police officers means that recruits will join three new entry routes which are:

  • Apprenticeship of the Police Officer Diploma (PCDA)
  • The Degree Holders Entry Program (DHEP)
  • Professional Gendarmerie Diploma (PPD)

Mr. Sanford said: “It’s always a pleasure to meet our new recruits at the start of their careers. Policing is a challenging yet hugely rewarding career, and the move to this new training program is intended to help prepare officers for an increasingly complex role.

“The move to PEQF will see a combination of dynamic operational training, as well as classroom law inputs. Throughout the design of these new courses, we have prioritized the investigative and procedural skills that future officers will need to become effective officers.

“During their probation, cadets will study and work alongside colleagues on the front lines, addressing the issues that matter most to our communities and protecting the public.”

The latest recruits, who started yesterday, will complete the two-year Diploma Holders Entry Program (DHEP).

It is one of three ways recruits can enter the force, with all courses including an initial training period of 22 weeks, followed by a probationary period as a cadet, which is two or three years. depending on the existing qualifications of the recruits. Recruits on all entry routes will be required to prove operational skills and street policing skills during their probationary period. Later in the year, the force will welcome non-graduates who will join as apprentices.

Cadet PC Brydon Middleton began training this week, having joined the police after leaving the fire service. He said: “I wanted a challenging new career that would challenge my people skills, both mentally and physically, in a dynamic environment where I can make a difference.

“This first week has been great meeting the staff and fellow students who have been friendly and supportive. Highlights for me this week were learning about the history of the police and being officially sworn in as a police officer .

“It has been intense and at times challenging getting to grips with the new computer system, but coming home after each day, I can honestly say that I was very excited about my decision to join.”

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie said: ‘Policing and the demands placed on officers have changed dramatically in recent years and we continue to see new challenges every year. Equipping officers with the tools and training they need early in their career is essential to enable them to respond to modern crime.

“The number of officers is increasing and I am committed, through my police, criminal and community safety plan, to fulfilling people’s desire for more visible policing. But we also need to respond to crimes that are not solved by an officer on the spot, such as domestic violence, cybercrime, and fraud, among others, and this focus on professional training will equip new officers to respond to the multitude of challenges they will face as they begin their careers serving the people of Norfolk.

Norfolk, along with six other Eastern Region forces, have partnered with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to train new police. The ARU will provide essential classroom training and qualification, while experienced police officers will continue to teach students basic operational skills.

“ARU is a proud partner of Norfolk Constabulary in delivering the PEQF programs,” said Sara Archer, ARU Police Education Partnership Delivery Manager, “We are delighted to host the first Norfolk’s cohort of police students and we look forward to supporting through their initial training and qualification.

Why was the PEQF introduced?

It is designed to support the development of policing as a profession, ensure consistency of initial training between forces in England and Wales and recognize the high level of service required of officers in complex and difficult working environments. of today. These changes were introduced by the College of Policing and are mandatory for all forces.

What are the new access routes?

There are three new paths to a career in policing. They are:

Apprenticeship of the Police Officer Diploma (PCDA)

This is for people who do not have a degree and will be studying during their probationary period.

PCDA combines on-the-job learning with academic study, towards a fully funded degree – BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice.

Recruits will be required to meet this objective, as well as meet professional competency requirements during their three-year probationary period as an officer cadet.

You can find more information here.

The Degree Holders Entry Program (DHEP)

This is for recruits who already have a degree (which can be in any subject).

Recruits will be required to earn a graduate degree in professional policing practice and meet professional competency requirements during their officer cadet internship, which for this entry route lasts two years.

You can find more information here.

Professional Gendarmerie Diploma (PPD)

It is aimed at people who want to study before entering the police.

This is a self-funded pre-joint undergraduate degree in professional policing that is accredited by the College of Policing.

Classes follow the College of Policing’s National Policing Curriculum, teaching you to think like a police officer and developing problem-solving, communication, negotiation, leadership and research skills.

The probationary period for officer cadets for this entry route is still two years, although it involves a shorter on-the-job training program to meet professional competency requirements.

This course is offered by ARU, but locally we have partnered with City College and Easton College to develop courses locally.

Further information on Professional Police Diploma courses can be found on the City College, Easton College and ARU websites.

If you are interested in a career in policing, you can visit the Norfolk Police website under the ‘Join Us’ section for more information and entry requirements.

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