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2020 has already been a year for big changes for the UK and with aspiring police officers now needing to be educated to degree level to enter the field, we’ve rounded up our course offering at our Warrington Campus to help budding police officers take the next step. Although this announcement was originally made by The College of Policing in late 2016, it is this year that has seen the policy come into action.

If you’re wondering why these changes are being put into place, the Chief Constable at The College of Policing says that the nature of the profession has significantly developed over the years, especially within a digital era as “cyber-enabled crime has increased” (you can find futher information here). In order to modernise the service, there is a need to make changes to crime-fighting. Therefore, this has elevated the need for officers to be able to investigate and protect vulnerable people using online technology.

Aspiring officers now have the option of four courses at the University of Chester’s Warrington Campus including BSc (Hons) Degree in Professional Policing, BSc (Hons) Community Policing and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) Policing, Law and Investigation (which is a top-up course for those who have already completed a Foundation degree) and finally MSc Policing, Law Enforcement and Security for those looking to further develop their knowledge with a Master’s level degree.

Although the syllabus varies for these courses, safeguarding the vulnerable, understanding officer behaviour, and communication and leadership skills are just some of the key elements. As well as this, the University holds a strong link with Cheshire Constabulary giving students the opportunity to be taught by and work closely with retired, experienced police officers. This means that all courses will provide a real-world driven approach to learning.

Completion of a course will equip a budding officer with the knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour required for a career in policing and other law enforcement agencies.

The following options will be available at entry level:

  • A practical policing degree allowing you to become fully qualified
  • A three-year police constable degree apprenticeship which is funded by the force
  • For graduates, a six-month postgraduate course, also funded by the police

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