First student police officers to qualify on new scheme
Dated: 25 Apr 2007
Northumbria Police student officers will become some of the first in the country to be awarded an NVQ in Policing, following completion of a new student officer programme.
Tomorrow, 21 officers will be presented with level 3 and 4 NVQ in Policing meaning they have reached the national standard as a police constable.
Until 2005, all probationer training for police officers was supplied by Centrex - the central police training and development authority. In April 2005, each force became responsible for delivering its own programme. This coincided with a review from the Home Office into the way police officer training is assessed.
Northumbria Police took the opportunity to accredit its training to an NVQ in Policing, and was one of the first forces to do so. The qualification has now been adopted by other forces and is recognised nationally as the appropriate qualification for student officers.
The programme takes two years to complete and the achievements of the first officers to embark on the scheme will be recognised tomorrow. During the programme officers learn both the theory and practice of being a police officer, spending time within the Tutor Unit of area commands.
Superintendent Neil MacKay, head of training for Northumbria Police, said: " In the past student officers embarking on an intense training programme would get no recognition from outside organisations for their hard work in the police service. An NVQ is work-related, providing on the job learning and clearly shows an individuals level of competency in the area of the qualification.
" Whilst student officers are trained to NVQ level 3 and 4, candidates can also go on to achieve further awards, which will help those looking to develop their careers within the police force.
" We are committed to providing our staff with the training they need to be able to do their job well and are always looking for ways in which this can be improved. The fact we were one of the first forces to adopt this programme for police officer training shows our level of commitment."
During the presentation evening, in addition to the 21 student officers, other NVQ achievements by police officers and staff will be recognised.
The event starts at 7.30pm at Gosforth Civic Hall, Newcastle.