Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Thames Valley Police join forces with local universities to get more bobbies on the beat

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thames Valley Police is working in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, Bucks New University and the University of Northampton to deliver an alternative method of entry to the Force From 2014, the Force will be seeking to recruit a significant percentage of its future police officers from graduates of Foundation Degrees in Policing at the three universities. The course will meet national standards and involve both academic learning and practical application as a special constable. The two-year course, which will start in September 2012, has been jointly designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills required for an operational policing role. Those students who successfully complete the course, and are recruited by Thames Valley Police, will join the Force as independent patrol student officers, and will be deployed to Local Police Areas (LPAs) within days of joining. Don Oldcorn, Thames Valley Police Training Design Manager, said: "Thames Valley Police will continue to select and recruit officers by the traditional methods; however, this course is an additional option that will give university students an opportunity, through operational activity and academic development, to make a positive contribution to policing, while gaining an academic qualification that prepares them for a career within Thames Valley Police. "Those who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to apply to join the Force as student officers capable of undertaking independent patrol. "If students are successful and are recruited as police officers by Thames Valley Police on completion of the Foundation Degree process, they will go on to complete the current national policing qualification." Richard Huggins, Associate Dean for Strategy and Development, said: “The Foundation Degree in Policing will equip special constables with the theoretical understanding and the practical expertise needed to undertake the role. “This Foundation Degree helps achieve consistency of training for the role of special constable as it is a nationally recognised qualification. After the two year course there is an opportunity to top up the FD to an honours degree. “Oxford Brookes University was approached by Thames Valley Police because of our reputation for developing and providing high quality graduate and postgraduate courses. Oxford Brookes also has a wealth of expertise working with a number of communities, voluntary and statutory agencies. The course will emphasise the importance of good neighbourhood policing and building strong relationships with members of the community. “Students will be supported with their studies by academic advisers and support coordinators as well as in the community where they will be allocated a tutor while working alongside regular police officers.