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Techie1 posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesVolunteer officers group asks about new policies which College says is still being drawn up. The widespread and longstanding practice of people becoming specials with the hope of then joining the regulars could come to a halt with the introduction of the College of Policing’s new routes into policing. While much attention has been given to debating the concept that future police officers will either need to have degrees or be hired as apprentices, one less considered side effect is that the attraction of joining the special constabulary may decrease. Chief Officer Nigel Green, chairman of the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers, told PoliceOracle.com that it has recently been confirmed that specials will not be able to be counted as apprentices. This would mean those who serve as specials with the hope of becoming regulars would have to be taking a degree at the same time, or they would be unable to make the transfer. He said: “This will disadvantage a lot of professionals and we believe it's an unintended consequence of the way the rules have been written. “We’ve asked the Home Office and Department for Education [who are in charge of the national apprenticeship levy] to look at it and the College have also agreed to look and see if there needs to be some support arrangements for those people who are specials of the more traditional entry type rather than having to be a graduate.” The College of Policing says its future entry plans are still being worked out. A spokesman said: “The College is currently reviewing the implications of the policing education qualifications framework, in particular the new entry routes into policing at constable level, in the context of training for the special constabulary. “We will continue to work closely with colleagues in the specials and other policing communities to ensure future learning and assessment will enable the special constabulary to maintain, develop and enhance its professional practice alongside that of the regular service. “This work is in the early stages and further details will be published in due course.” It is anticipated that those on new police training degrees may have to serve as specials while they take the course. View on Police Oracle
Hi guys, I've just finished my degree and I'm thinking about joining my local police force as an officer. I'm currently in the process of becoming a special which should give me a good taste for it, however I have a few questions in the meantime... 1) Does having a good degree behind you carry much weight in terms of your career progression? 2) Roughly how many years would you need to spend in uniform before having a realistic chance of being able to specialise? 3) Once you have specialised, is it possible to move from one branch to another? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
Hi folks, first time poster on here and just looking for a quick bit of advice. I have always had a keen interest in working within the police service. I am due to graduate the summer of 2015 (Finance and Economics). I have been searching around the internet to try and find some information about graduate opportunities within the police service but can't seem to find very much information. I stay just outside Glasgow and so iv checked the police Scotland website, again there doesn't seem to be many specific opportunities regarding graduates. Is this because there are simply no graduate programs or any other jobs specifically designed for graduates ? I have found some information on these types of programs in England and Wales but I just can't seem to find much information regarding police Scotland. If anyone could offer any advice regarding this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much. Jamie.