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Derbyshire welcomes first cohort of officers on new degree apprenticeship

Posted on 7th September 2018
New recruits on the very first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship at Derbyshire Constabulary

Today (Friday, September 7) 19 new recruits have joined Derbyshire Constabulary on the very first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), which comes as part of national changes to police officer recruitment from the College of Policing.

Derbyshire is an early adopter of the PCDA, which provides an exciting opportunity to become a paid police officer whilst gaining a fully-funded BA policing degree from the University of Derby.

The new recruits will split their time between core police officer training at force HQ and studying for their degree at the university.

Deputy Chief Constable, Gary Knighton said:  “I’m delighted to welcome our 19 new recruits to Derbyshire today. 

“They have embarked upon an exciting and rewarding career path that will equip them not only with core police training but also wider theoretical knowledge which can help them along the way.

“I wish them all the very best and hope that they enjoy a long and fulfilling career as officers at Derbyshire Constabulary.”

The changes to police recruitment mean that all police officers across the country will have a degree level qualification upon entry to the force, or will be working towards one via the apprenticeship route. It is currently anticipated that the change will fully be in place by 2020.

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The apprenticeship offers people the opportunity to obtain a degree, gain valuable work experience and earn a salary at the same time. 

“By offering alternative ways of becoming a police officer, I believe that we will encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to consider joining the police, helping the workforce to become truly representative of the community it is here to serve.” 

Tony Blockley, Discipline Head: Policing at the University of Derby, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome the first police recruits onto this bespoke programme. Working with Derbyshire Constabulary, it creates a unique opportunity to enhance the knowledge and experience of the officers that will benefit them, the police service and the communities they work in.”





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