Between the College of Policing and Reality.
I thought I would quickly share my views on the proposal.
Is it too early to say “What a load of bollocks”?
Having a degree might well better prepare one for climbing the greasy pole but in my humble opinion it is not necessary in order to fight crime and disorder (and the multitude of other things) efficiently and effectively on a day to day basis.
Are the College saying or implying that Police Training Establishments are not up to the task of training recruits to the required level? The ones that haven’t been sold off that is. Maybe it’s necessary to extend the length of initial training, but surely we should be able to train our own recruits effectively, given the appropriate length of the course.
I’m sure we have all known Graduate Entrants who have been lovely people, quite capable of explaining Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to us, but collapse under the pressure of REAL Policing. The last one I met was reduced to a sobbing heap when posted as Custody a Officer, and don’t get me wrong, he was a lovely man, I liked him, but he was in the wrong job too soon. Ill prepared, and whose fault is that I ask?
Getting a degree these days normally involves a degree of Student Debt. Is it really a good idea to post a Probationer to the wicked streets of wherever with £20,000 ish of Student Loans. The prospect of Corruption immediately springs to mind.
Every recruit will have a degree. Does that mean that they will all now be eligible for the Accelerated Promotion Scheme, or will that now be scrapped?
I don’t think that the College has thought this through.
I do think it will bite them on the arse.
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