College of Policing proposals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0236
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What is your opinion of the College of Policing proposals that all new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level from next year?

Answer

Answer for College of Policing proposals

Answer for College of Policing proposals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is the role of the College of Policing (CoP) to set the professional standards for police officers in England and Wales.

The nature of policing has changed significantly over the years and forces must continue to modernise. Policing is currently highly unusual in that there is no standard level of education and nor are there any externally recognised qualifications for the skills that officers develop.

Police officers perform a vital and challenging role and it is right that they are properly trained and have the opportunity to have that training formally recognised through accreditation.