Cambridgeshire Force welcomes first cohort of degree apprenticeship officers
It’s a landmark day for Cambridgeshire Constabulary on Monday (21) as the first recruits to join under a new route into policing are set to pass out.
Almost exactly a year ago the force opened for applications under the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).
It was introduced under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), described as the biggest change in policing for a generation.
PEQF aims to support the development of policing as a profession, recognising and raising educational standards.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), 11 new recruits will pass out in front of family and friends and will be welcomed by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston.
The student officers will then be deployed across the force, receiving on-the-job training as they work towards a degree in professional policing practice.
Mr Dean said: “This is an important stepping-stone for the 11 recruits and I’m sure they, and their family members who attend, will remember the ceremony fondly for the rest of their lives.
“It’s also a landmark day for the Constabulary and our implementation of the Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF), which has been described as the greatest change to policing for a generation.
“PEQF seeks to reflect the complexity and demands of modern-day policing and ensures new officers are appropriately skilled to meet demands.
"Policing has changed and continues to do so; as such we must ensure our training reflects this. Working alongside Anglia Ruskin University has been key to this success.
“PEQF also formally acknowledges the intensity and detail of the required learning, through the awarding of a degree, and further recognises policing as a profession, in line with many of the professions we work alongside.”
The force continues to recruit to the three-year degree apprenticeship, alongside the two-year Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) for those who already have a degree.
The DHEP converts a degree into a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.