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New policing degree launched at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds




The University Studies department at West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, has launched a new policing degree, making it one of the first educational establishments to do so.

The new course, supported by Suffolk and Norfolk Constabulary and accredited by the University of East Anglia, will provide students with the theoretical foundations of policing, alongside the practical nature of the role.

Students will also learn from experienced academics as well as former police officers.

Rachel Kearton with Dr Nikos Savvas and Dr Chris Meredith. Pictures: West Suffolk College.
Rachel Kearton with Dr Nikos Savvas and Dr Chris Meredith. Pictures: West Suffolk College.

Dr Nikos Savvas, CEO of West Suffolk College and Suffolk Academies Trust, said: “The policing degree is another excellent addition to our higher education offer for those who want a fully accredited route into a rewarding vocation.

"Collaborating with partners like Suffolk Constabulary to support and serve the local community with local police officers is part of the life blood of what we do as an organisation; putting our students and our community at the heart of everything we do.”

The new course has been developed to meet the College of Policing National Curriculum requirements for police constables.

Rachel Kearton with Dr Nikos Savvas and Dr Chris Meredith in the University Studies building at West Suffolk College.
Rachel Kearton with Dr Nikos Savvas and Dr Chris Meredith in the University Studies building at West Suffolk College.

Practical elements include a focus on information and intelligence gathering as well as investigative interview techniques.

The degree is one route to gain a qualification before applying to become a police officer as a probationary constable, however it does not guarantee acceptance to the police service.

Upon graduation, potential police recruits need to apply via a separate application, which is made directly to the police service.

Dr Chris Meredith, executive dean of University Studies at West Suffolk College, said: “We want to welcome as many applicants as possible to this exciting programme, offered in partnership with the University of East Anglia.

Rachel Kearton, Suffolk Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable, welcomed the new partnership with West Suffolk College.
Rachel Kearton, Suffolk Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable, welcomed the new partnership with West Suffolk College.

"University Studies at West Suffolk College prides itself on offering qualifications that give students real prospects in our communities, and the policing degree is a flagship programme in that work.”

Rachel Kearton, Suffolk Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable (DCC), welcomed the partnership and said: "I am delighted we will be working with West Suffolk College to offer the opportunity for students to gain a degree in policing while undergoing their training to be police officers.

"The college will be one of the first providers of this vocational degree course.

"The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) is based on dynamic operational training, underpinned by sound theoretical education.

"This professional qualification is a fantastic opportunity for those who are looking for a career in policing.”

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