A career in the police service appeals to people from all walks of life, meaning that when services take on new recruits they start with varying levels of experience and understanding of what the role entails.
However, if recruits have undertaken the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing prior to starting, they will already have the basic knowledge requirements for a police constable and a head start as they enter initial training.
The Metropolitan Police Service was the first in the country to make the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing compulsory for all applicants after April this year and other services throughout the UK have shown an interest in doing the same in the future.
Developed by the Sector Skills Council Skills for Justice, the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing focuses on equipping people with the knowledge they need to become a police officer.
There are ten topics over all within the qualification, including providing support to victims and witnesses, providing an initial response to incidents, interviewing victims and witnesses, managing conflict, searching suspects and crime scenes, and arresting, detaining and reporting individuals.
Candidates can achieve the qualification, which is awarded by SFJ Awards, at a number of approved training centres across the UK.
Like many other sectors, police services are under pressure to cut costs and work more efficiently and the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing can help with this as it streamlines the recruitment and initial training process.
If police services recruit people who have a good grounding in the basics then the initial training process can start from a higher baseline. This not only cuts down on the overall training costs but ensures that highly-trained police officers are on the street, doing their job, sooner.
Steve Batty, Awarding Organisation Manager at SFJ Awards, said: “Traditionally people joining the police service have always had different levels of experience and knowledge of policing, some may have had a related higher education qualification, many will have experience in different walks of life and careers, some may even have been Specials or PCSOs. The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing ensures that all recruits have a good and consistent level of knowledge which can then be built upon when they start their training to become a police officer.”
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