Snapshot from the UK – Creating a Graduate Police Force

Prof Jenny Fleming2
2University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

By 2020, to prepare new recruits for the role of constable there will be three ways for external applicants to join the UK Police Force – through an apprenticeship in professional policing practice scheme; through degree-holder entry or by completing a three year degree in professional policing prior to applying for a position within a UK Force. This three pronged approach to police recruitment is supported by the College of Policing’s Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF). The PQEF is part of a transformative programme in UK policing that seeks to professionalise police officers and create overtime a graduate police workforce. This presentation considers this approach to police education utilising the research findings from the What Works in Crime Prevention project.  It considers officers’ views towards the new education regime, the perceived barriers to the successful implementation of the PEQF and the College’s vision, by 2025 of ‘a profession with a more representative workforce that will align the right skills, powers and experience to meet challenging requirements’.


Jenny Fleming is Professor of Criminology at University of Southampton and Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Research. Her team developed and delivered training to police officers on how to take an evidence-based approach to crime prevention in practice. The programme contributed to the National Policing Curriculum, which comprises the national standards for learning, development and assessment within the UK police service. Her book, Police Leadership, ‘Rising to the Top’ was published by OUP in 2015. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Policing and Society, an international journal of research and policy, the leading policing peer-reviewed journal in the UK.


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