Police Training and Education

Bryant, Robin, Cockcroft, Tom orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7249-7285, Tong, Stephen and Wood, Dom (2013) Police Training and Education. In: The Future of Policing. Routledge. ISBN 9780203435946

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This chapter reflects upon the relationship between the higher education sector and police services in
England and Wales over recent years and considers ways in which the emergence of the College of
Policing presents new opportunities for furthering the academic status of the learning that occurs
within police training contexts. The chapter draws upon the lessons gained from Canterbury Christ
Church University’s (CCCU) direct experiences of working with the police over the past 17 years in
designing, developing and delivering bespoke academic programmes for serving police officers,
initial police recruits and prospective police officers. Our starting point is an assumption that higher
education (HE) has a positive role to play in helping to develop police training and we concentrate our
attention on trying to explain why there is resistance to establishing academic levels of attainment for
the learning that takes place within police training and education contexts. We present a number of
recommendations regarding ways in which the College of Policing can help overcome such resistance
in its efforts to professionalise and modernise policing. Importantly, we recognise the need for a
period of transition; there are arguments to be won within all levels of policing and especially with the
large number of officers who are, in our view, too often excluded from debates about the role HE can
play within policing. We refer to this group of officers as the ‘excluded middle’, as will be explained
below. We have adopted a ten year approach, akin to the approach taken within the Patten Report
(1999), to allow for a gradual, but meaningful change in the way the police services in England and
Wales view knowledge and its role within contemporary policing.

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