Forces urged to consider new qualification for police recruits

GO0700Awarding organisation SFJ Awards is calling on police forces to embrace a new qualification that sees new recruits hit the ground running.

The organisation – which specialises in the Justice, Community Safety, Legal Services and Armed Services sectors – offers the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, which focuses on equipping potential police recruits with the expertise to become a police officer.

People are attracted to the police profession from a range of different backgrounds and via diverse career routes, this qualification is designed to provide a consistent level of knowledge for all potential new recruits.

The Metropolitan Police Service became the first in the country to make the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing compulsory for all applicants in April 2013, and many more have expressed an interest in following suit. A growing number of potential recruits are achieving the qualification on their own initiative, in hope of standing out from the crowd in what is a very competitive process.

The qualification covers ten topics, 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 at a number of SFJ Awards approved assessment centres across the UK.

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.

“Like many other sectors, police forces are under pressure to work more efficiently and the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing can help streamline the recruitment and initial training process.”

Brendan O’Brien, a training manager at Bluelight Consultancy, an SFJ Awards approved centre, said: “The certificate enables forces to have confidence that new recruits can demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of issues facing the police today, such as equality, problem solving and ethical decision-making.”

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