New qualification for detectives

Investigation is one of the key cornerstones of the Police Service and SFJ Awards is pleased to announce that it is able to offer the first competence-based qualification for Detectives investigating Serious and Complex Crime that recognises the professionalism of those performing this important role.

The brand new Diploma in Investigation of Serious and Complex Crime is a Level 5 qualification (Foundation Degree Level) and accredits all of the learning that a Detective undertakes through the course of their PIP Level 2 training. The qualification has been developed following the initial request of the ACPO North West Region of forces who are keen to recognise the professionalism of their Detectives, not only through the delivery of PIP 2 training but also through the award of a recognised qualification. Having previously used a Foundation Degree to accredit their Detectives the forces felt that a QCF qualification that recognised the learning that Detectives undertake both in their own time, the classroom and the workplace was more appropriate for Detectives.

In a statement Chief Constable of Merseyside, Jon Murphy said: “We wanted to publicly recognise the learning that our Detectives undergo to achieve the level of professionalism that we require. We strongly believe that the new Diploma, developed by SFJ Awards in conjunction with forces like Merseyside, not only provides the right level of professional accreditation but is cost effective to deliver and reflects the level of learning and development we provide to our Detectives.”

The diploma is now available for police officers to undertake and any police forces who wish to offer this qualification to their staff, or any individuals who wish to enrol on the diploma, should contact SFJ Awards by emailing info@sfjawards.com or by calling 0114 231 7397.

The North West Forces are also using the Diploma to create a Higher Level Apprenticeship at Level 5 with Skills for Justice to enhance the learning for those new detectives and this will be available shortly. The College of Policing are working with Skills for Justice and the North West Region to develop the new qualification so that it becomes capable of accrediting the individual as a PIP 2 qualified practitioner.

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