The only problem is that it’s not a children’s novel, it’s a reality, and it’s coming to a Police Force near you soon.
Not content with Graduate/Apprenticeship Entry as part of the grandly entitled Police Framework Education Qualifications scheme, they’ve snuck in Apprenticeship Entry for PCSOs.
A key feature of the new PCSO entry routes is an enhanced connection between professional learning and professional practice.
▪ Level 4 PCSO Apprenticeship entry programme (Wales) (details of the Apprenticeship Framework (identity number: FR04078) are via the link)
▪ Level 4 (non-apprenticeship) PCSO entry programme
Forces can work with different awarding bodies for you to gain this Level 4 qualification. The professional curriculum covered and the level of professional education and competence you will achieved is identical.
▪ an Ofqual-regulated Awarding Organisation (in which case the qualification is titled a Level 4 Diploma in Community Policing Practice)
▪ a Higher Education Provider (in which case the qualification is titled a Level 4 HE Certificate in Community Policing Practice)
Qualifications required and how do I apply?
Applications are submitted through your preferred force, and you should check eligibility and recruitment windows locally.
No, I don’t understand it, but one thing is for certain, the College are driving a Bulldozer through Sir Robert Peel’s famous qoute
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
If the College carry on with their unpopular PFEQ programme they will have successfully transformed a once world-respected Police Service into a sorry, upper class, shadow of its former self.
I have no idea how many of you knew about this plan for PCSOs but I certainly didn’t before today.
I have been called a dinosaur, resistant to change, in the past, and I don’t always object to that. Dinosaur? If that means Old School then Yes. Resistant to change? Resistant to change for change’s sake. Yes.
I do hope the PCSOs’ union takes this up with the College.