A Detective Constable has become the first learner in the country to achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Criminal Investigation.
Matthew Napper of Thames Valley Police has achieved the qualification, which has been specifically designed for detectives investigating serious and complex crimes.
The diploma, which is equivalent to a foundation degree, includes units such as investigative decision making, interviewing victims and witnesses, criminal law and the legal framework.
It is hoped the qualification will contribute to developing a consistent national standard for detective investigators as well as providing a platform for career progression into management in policing and law enforcement or the wider justice sector.
Matthew Napper said: “In truth, I completed it in good time due to Pete my assessor and Sharon my IQA having regularly meeting with me and getting me talking through a handful of selected investigations that covered nearly all the competencies.
“It really helped that Pete has been my sergeant for a few years and already had knowledge of a lot of the examples I gave. It was less daunting than I’d imagined, this was mainly due to the regular meets and planning that went into each session.”
DS Peter Scott said: “I was in a fortunate position that Matt was very keen and fully engaged in the preparation of his work before meetings. Despite working in the same office as Matt, he was still required to complete and research a great deal of work and prepare himself for the meetings.
“This new process is efficient in the sense that the candidate will have to demonstrate in an effective manner ‘their’ evidence. Quite simply, if it is not there it doesn’t get signed off. Therefore the onus is on the candidate to prepare and deliver. The fact that the modules are arranged in a very specific manner with direct evidence required it makes for a more complete assessment – the candidate or the assessor are unable just to ‘blag’ it.”
To find out more about this qualification, call 0114 231 7379.