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 partnership 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.
PC Stephen Heeley was one of the first recruits to join the new student officer programme, in July 2019.
He is now well into his training and has shared his experiences of joining West Midlands Police and sharing his time between practical police learning and academic study. We shared his story as part of National Apprenticeships Week – take a look at what he had to say.
There’s more stories about what life is like here at WMP, on our new ‘Who We Are’ page. Take a look for case studies, features and personal stories from our colleagues across the force.
Training to be a police officer is challenging and tests you as an individual. Ensuring you are fit and able to do the role is hugely important and you’ll need to take part in a fitness test to check you are able to do the role, day in, day out. See what that looks like and how you need to prepare, by watching the below footage: