Twenty-three Surrey Police recruits have started this week as Middlesex University students on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme.
The Student Police Officers and subsequent cohorts, based at Surrey Police HQ at Mount Browne, Guildford, are receiving face-to-face Masterclasses, practical skills training and supported online learning headed by Middlesex University Associate Professor in Criminology and Sociology Angus Nurse and delivered by Lecturer in Policing Paul Hooks, in collaboration with Surrey Police Trainers.
Four universities with top tier police education expertise – Middlesex University, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Cumbria – have joined together as the Police Education Consortium. The consortium has a contract to deliver the PCDA with three forces – Surrey and Sussex Police Forces and Hampshire Constabulary. The universities will alternate as the providers for each new cohort. On 2 December 2019, the first cohort of 24 Student Police Officers on the consortium’s programme joined Sussex Police, as University of Portsmouth students.
Surrey Police/MDX Student Police Officers on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme at their attestation with Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, Wednesday 8th January 2020
Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Gavin Stephens said: “We’re delighted these officers have decided to start their policing journey with us in Surrey. This week they take the first steps in a career which is both challenging and incredibly rewarding. One where every day is different and has a real impact within our communities.
“They also are our first recruits on the PCDA – an innovative new learning programme which ensures the officers of the future have the skills and knowledge required to police in modern society and recognises the existing professionalism and expertise of all our staff and officers.
”I wish them the very best of luck and look forward to seeing their progression.”
Middlesex University Lecturer in Policing Paul Hooks said: “The approach to police recruit education being undertaken by the Police Education Consortium is really exciting. The unique style of training which includes face to face teaching, remote online learning, while concurrently embracing operational learning is a first for policing. Historically, police training has had a didactic binary feel, with classroom teaching and operational learning being two very distinct elements.”