There is no substitute for practical ‘on the job’ training when it comes to becoming a police officer. But is there also a case for a more academic approach?

The new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, funded by the Apprenticeship Levy, is designed to raise standards across the profession by ensuring that officers at all levels have a high quality, future-fit qualification which combines an academic grounding with practical application. However, just as some vocational training providers are more experienced than others in the field, not all academic institutions were created equal when it comes to modern policing.

The recently launched Police Degree Apprenticeship Consortium (PDAC) has been created to make it easier for police services to access the best in blended learning from a group of the leading vocational and academic learning providers in the latest policing theory and practice, providing a ‘one stop shop’ solution which enables learners and employers to get the most out of the programme.

Leading public sector training and apprenticeships provider Premier Partnership is drawing on years of experience of delivering critical training to police forces including the Met Police, to partner with the UK’s leading universities in policing and criminology – University of Cumbria, Portsmouth University, Middlesex University and Canterbury Christ Church University. These may be prestigious academic institutions with a long history of expertise in policing but they are embedded in professional policing practice and are constantly researching future trends.

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