PEQF Police Education Qualifications Framework
The PEQF (Policing Education Qualifications Framework) is the new framework for the training of police officers and staff.
Aligned with the education levels set in England and Wales the PEQF is based upon a new modern curriculum, which over time will develop to cover the range of professional training for police officers through from police constable up to chief officer.
Introduction of the PEQF, also supports the National Police Chief Council’s vision that “by 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that will align the right skills, powers and experience to meet challenging requirements."
Why are we changing to PEQF?
A fundamental requirement of a profession is the foundation on which practitioners (officers and staff) are allowed to exercise a high degree of individual autonomy and independence of judgement.
The criteria which define professional discretion vary, but common key components are:
- a specialist knowledge base
- a distinct ethical dimension
- continuing professional development (CPD) requirements, and
- standards of education
Policing did not have consistent, national education levels for all policing roles or ranks which reflected its current and future challenges, nor an entry level qualification that would be considered appropriate with that of a profession.
PEQF aims to bring consistency in terms of the implementation, assessment and accreditation of initial police training across the 43 forces in England and Wales. This consistency can contribute to the professionalism of the police service and put policing in line with other professions with regard to its formal education standards.
This supports the NPCC and APCC Policing Vision 2025 which sets out the need for "clear and consistent requirements for entry into policing and for accreditation to defined ranks and roles in the service" and the support for "key aspects of policing training and development through academic accreditation which recognises the skills and knowledge of our workforce."
What are the entry routes?
There are three new ways to prepare new recruits for the role of constable, including an apprenticeship which trains you to degree level.
- Degree Level Apprenticeship- Join as a constable, and follow a degree apprenticeship in professional policing practice - you earn while you learn. This route usually takes three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a degree.
- Degree-holder entry. If you already have a degree in any subject, you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing practice when you complete your probation.
- Pre-join degree. If you want to study first, you can do a three-year degree in professional policing at your own expense, and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme. Being a special constable can be included in this route.
For the Police Constable PEQF routes, all applicants will start the programme on £24,780 which increases in increments every 12 months over a 7-year period up to £41,130.
Policing is a rewarding career where every day is different, with no two days ever being the same. As a police officer you will be playing a pivotal role in supporting and protecting your local community.
Police officers are a vital and valued part of society and the communities that they serve and the salary and benefits reflect that, as do the opportunities available for continued personal development, training and progression. With the introduction of the PEQF in 2022, police officers will be able to ‘earn while they learn’, and proactively make a long-term enhancement to their personal prospects while in turn improving the prospects of the community that they serve.
The force embraces diversity and we strive to be a police force that is reflective of the community it serves and actively encourage applications from those from underrepresented backgrounds. Join the force and play an instrumental part in the change that you want to see in your community.
There are also lots of other benefits as a police officer for Suffolk Constabulary such as:
- Competitive pension scheme
- An award-winning Work Place Health department
- 24/7 access to Validium mental health and wellbeing service
- Variety of staff support networks
- Blue Light card discounts
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