The new BSc (Hons) Policing will give students a solid foundation for a professional career in the force and allied occupations.
Chief Constable Sir Paul Scott-Lee and University Vice Chancellor Professor Caroline Gipps signed an official Memorandum of Understanding at a formal ceremony to launch the course
Professor Gipps said: “The University is enormously grateful to the West Midlands Police for the eagerness with which they have embraced this partnership and the positive contribution that they have made to the design of this degree course. It has truly been a fruitful collaboration.
“This course will provide graduates with a grasp of how the police relate to the wider society. It offers training in the skills of inter–professional collaboration and education in leadership and management, all of which are necessary if police officers are to make a full contribution to social inclusion and cohesion.”
Chief Constable Sir Paul Scott-Lee said: “I look at Wolverhampton and see one of the most energised cities in the country, and the University is at the heart of that. I am very pleased that we have been able to come together in this way.
“One of the things the University course offers is an academic route into policing, and will give students an understanding of how complex societies work and how partnerships play their part.”
Professor Peter Waddington, Director of the University’s History and Governance Research Institute and a former police officer, is leading the new course. He said: “We are offering a great opportunity for people who want to join the profession and are very pleased that we have strong support from West Midlands Police.”
The course is one of few available in the UK and was developed with the support of the influential National Police Improvements Agency.