I’m old, I’m confused and my brain hurts.
Firstly, the much-revered College of Policing has proposed completely shaking up the entry route into the Police Service;
The three proposals are
Proposal 1. Establish a qualifications framework for policing so that individuals can gain recognition that has meaning and credibility
Proposal 2. Opportunities for existing officers and staff to gain accredited and publicly recognised qualifications for their existing skills, if they wish to do so
Proposal 3. Develop three entry routes for new constables
undergraduate degree in policing
graduate conversion programme
higher level apprenticeships
Hardly confusing at all, all about improving the professional image and status of Police Officers. No bad thing per se but it fails to recognise that Police Officers already have a good, professional status but it does need to be formalised and recognised.
Then we have the Gold Service from much-vaunted Police Now.
To get with the Police Now programme, In brief, you will need to:
be between the ages of 18-57 on application
have lived in the UK for the last three years
have indefinite leave to remain and work in the UK
be working towards or have achieved a 2:1 at undergraduate degree level or non-UK equivalent
have received a GCSE grade C or above in English language and be fluent in the written and spoken word.
So, sign up to the flagship Police Now programme to fast track to tomorrow’s leaders.
The Metropolitan Police contributes to my eternal confusion by offering Direct Entry to the CID for Specials, and this is where I need some help.
Will the successful applicants from the ranks of the Specials become part-time detectives, as and when their main job permits? Is this a back door into the Met and they will become warranted, Regular Tecs?
If they remain as Specials will they need to be graduates first? How do they fit in Detective Training School with their ‘proper’ jobs? If they don’t achieve some formal accreditation in Investigating Stuff their work will be torn up,for **** paper the first time they appear in Crown Court.
If this is actually back door DE entry as a Tec, this is surely demeaning the role of the traditional Constable. He/She needs a Degree or equivalent, a Tec needs to be a Special with who knows what academic qualifications.
I am not against Specials, I knew some very good ones and counted them amongst my friends, but this is really worrying and confusing and urgently needs clarification. The government has already tried bolstering the Armed Forces with Reservists and that did not go well. Policing is too important to risk getting it wrong.
Not for nothing are some Tecs in the Met labelled Cops In Disguise.
Sort yourselves out please, all of the above, work together, openly, and come up with a sensible solution that is acceptable to current and future officers alike.
It cannot be impossibe.