Policing students to be conferred with powers of Special Constables

Friday, 08 February 2013

Students studying for the Foundation Degree in Policing were granted the powers and responsibilities that go with being a Special Constable at a ceremony hosted by Oxford Brookes University at Headington Hill Hall on the 29 January.

The ceremony, called attestation, is a non-religious ceremony where the student swears an oath in front of a magistrate. 

Developed by Oxford Brookes University in collaboration with Thames Valley Police and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, this two-year course which began in September 2012 enables students to practise policing alongside regular police officers and police tutors.

From 2014, TVP will look to recruit a proportion of its future police officers from graduates of Foundation Degrees in Policing.
Thirteen students were attested and wore their uniforms which felt good for them. They were joined by four other students who are already Special Constables and who took part in the ceremony.

Three of the students were interviewed by the Oxford Mail; Nick Collins, 18, from Kidlington said: “The course was hard work but you get back what you put in. It was difficult with the academic side but we are looking forward to the practical side a lot more. The attestation is a big part in our career in the police. You only get it once.”

James Salt, 28, from Faringdon has moved from a career in conservation to take the police course. 
Mr Salt said: “With cuts, recruitment seems to have dropped over the last couple of years and I thought this would an extra string to my bow. But this makes it a lot more official. Hopefully we will be able to move on now and put everything we have learnt into practice”.

Hannah Phillips, 19, from Wheatley, said: “The course has been a lot more academic than I thought it would be and we have also learnt about the history of the police”.

Now the students have been sworn in they get eight weeks practice placement experience with Thames Valley Police.

They then will need to volunteer for 18 hours a month as a special constable, while completing their studies.