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Level 6 Police Constable Apprenticeship

Police Constable Apprenticeship: Introduction

The Police Constable apprenticeship allows a learner interested in serving the public within a police force to get on the job training. As a police officer, you will be responsible for keeping the public and your colleagues safe, using your ability to assess situations and communicate effectively to bring about the best possible outcome to any situation, incident or crime. It is not just arresting criminals; it is giving support to vulnerable peoples, encouraging community cohesion, and investigating situations to uncover evidence. All the while, you will be operating to uphold the law, adhering to its standards as well as the standards of your police force. 

Requirements

Entry Requirements

Typically, you will be 18 or older, and with a Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) prior to entry. A Level 2 qualification in Maths and English (or equivalent) will be necessary either before the course or as you complete it. This varies from force to force.

Behavioural Requirements

You’re more suited for becoming a police officer if you’re a responsible person, willingly taking accountability when the situation calls for it. This means putting yourself in leadership positions if necessary, giving guidance, taking risks, and accepting accountability. In the same vein, you need to be a professional: upholding standards of integrity, decency, ethics and values.

You also need to be a group player. You’ll be collaborating with other police officers, taking orders and working together to solve problems. As you’ll be facing the public, you need to be open and communicative, also taking appropriate action when necessary. This also comes with the requirement of being emotionally intelligent—gauging problems sometimes and especially in tense situations—and emotionally resilient.

You’ll also need to be good at thinking on your feet. Problem solving, looking at creative ways to approach situations, and a sense of curiosity are also key.

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What Will You Learn During the Police Constable Apprenticeship Course?

Policing requires officers to respond appropriately to a huge variety of contexts, whether they’re concerning the pubic or responsibilities within the police force.

Police constables will need to be able to know:

The ethics and values of professional policing, including: duty of care, service delivery, employment practice, efficiency, effectiveness and value for money, Code of Ethics, professional standards, and equality, diversity and human rights.

Key cross-cutting and inter-dependent areas of policing, including: roles and responsibilities, criminal justice, counter terrorism, vulnerability (including public protection and mental health) and risk.

Applicable aspects of Authorised Professional Practice (the official source of policing professional practice), legal and organisational requirements relating to the operational policing context. 

Within the course, you will have to: 

  • Respond to incidents, aiming to bring out the best possible outcome despite the nature of the incident
  • Conduct risk and threat analyses
  • Investigate incidents and crimes
  • Form and maintain partnerships with all manner of individuals, organisations and communities 
  • Approach and resolve conflict safely and lawfully
  • Conduct investigations to the highest standard
  • Interview members of the public; victims, witnesses and suspects
  • Research and present information and intelligence within the force and to public
  • Search individuals, spaces, properties and objects
  • Monitor and manage health and safety requirements within complex situations
  • Interpret and apply the law responsibly and within context
  • Communicate effectively with different sections of society
  • Respond to incidents, reviewing appropriate and justifiable actions
  • Provide leadership and support to the public and to colleagues
  • Assess risks and threats and use justifiable action in response
  • Use police legal powers to deal with complex situations
  • Research, plan and implement new actions in order to responsibly react to, communicate with and encourage partner or outside organisations

Please find a full breakdown of these skills, behaviours and requirements <a href=“https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/police-constable-integrated-degree-v1-0“>here.</a>

What Can I Expect at the End of This Course?

This apprenticeship course should last no longer than 3 years. By the end of this course, you should have a Level 6 qualification, understand and have experience in roles and responsibilities across policing that are suited to your level. If you’ve not previously achieved a Level 2 qualification in English or Maths (or equivalent), then you should by the end of the course.

Police Constable Apprenticeship: Conclusion

Becoming a police officer as an apprentice will put you right where the action is. You’ll be able to learn whilst you’re responding to the public, giving you the opportunity to have key policing experiences. As a police officer, you’ll have a duty to yourself, but especially to others, upholding law and order within the UK. If duty, justice, teamwork and keeping others safe are important attributes for you, joining this course to become a police constable may be worth your consideration.

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