We are working with Staffordshire University to deliver the ‘study’ part of the student officer programme. The curriculum has been designed between ourselves and police colleagues in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces, in patnership with Staffordshire University and the College of Policing.
The programme sees practical police training mixed with study, delivered on Staffordshire University’s learning platform. That means our students will log on to distance learning sessions or will attend lectures that are delivered locally to us. The majority of student officers’ time will be learning ‘on the job’. Students will go on rotations to learn their trade in our Response, Force Criminal Investigation and Public Protection departments before going on patrol in our local communities as part of our Neighbourhood Policing Units.
We aim for a lot of the coursework to be online, using distance learning software that connects to the university. You’ll have time away from the day job to do this, but practical training with your team will take up most of the student years.