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Nottinghamshire Police partners with University of Derby on pioneering joint fast track degree

In a first for the country Nottinghamshire Police force has set out ambitious plans to get recruits straight from degree courses out onto the beat in record time.

With the government having committed to a recruitment drive of an additional 20,000 police officers nationwide, diverse career opportunities in policing are due to grow dramatically.

Already Nottinghamshire has secured funding for 107 new recruits from this programme, which is on top of a further recruitment drive which successful secured 175 recruits. Recruitment is expected to open again in the Spring.

Now the force has deepened its partnership with the University of Derby to enable it to become the first place in the country to introduce the accelerated route to the BA (Hons) Professional Policing. Recruitment for the course is now open with studies expected to commence in September this year.

In just two years, this pioneering course will equip future police officers to meet the challenges and responsibilities of a career in one of the most rewarding professions of all.

And in a revolutionary move Nottinghamshire Police force has agreed potential recruits can join the force as a Special Constable whilst studying for this degree, which will ensure they are patrol ready within the two years, without having to do further class room based training.

Subject to an individual student’s academic and vocational performance, the force will also be reserving places for high performing Special Constables to undertake the national Police Officer Recruitment Tests whilst studying for their degree in year two. This will see a number of individuals commencing employment with Nottinghamshire Police shortly after graduation.

The plans have resulted from a huge amount of collective effort involving the force, university and College of Policing.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford. He said: “Getting qualified recruits who are ready to take on the day to day challenges of the job is something I am passionate about.

“We already accept graduates from the three year policing degree, this will add to the options available to those wanting to join our force. Being a Special Constable at the same time will give students invaluable practical insights into what it is like to work in Nottinghamshire Police, making them a standout candidate when applying for a role in the force.

“I have no doubt this new approach will speed up getting fully trained officers out onto our streets and into the neighbourhoods where the public and I want to see them.

“Through prudent planning we have already managed to recruit all our new officers as part of the government’s uplift programme. This is on top of a further 175 we have already recruited. People will really notice the difference once they start.”

For the full story see Nottinghamshire Police's website.

For more information and details on how to apply visit: https://www.derby.ac.uk/undergraduate/policing-courses/professional-policing-accelerated-ba-hons/
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