Graduate-Only Police Officers

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your position on the College of Policing's announcement that all new police officers will have to be graduates from 2020? Would the public not be better served if police officers were recruited and promoted on the basis of possessing a degree of common sense?


Answer for Graduate-Only Police Officers

Answer for Graduate-Only Police Officers

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 attainment of a graduate degree and possession of a 'degree' of common sense are clearly not mutually exclusive. Potential police officers will need to demonstrate both.

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.