Official launch for pioneering police course

The 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 will visit the University on April 4 to sign an official Memorandum of Understanding at a formal ceremony to launch the course, along with Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline Gipps.
 
They will be joined by other senior staff from the University, West Midlands Police, members of the Police Authority and councillors.
 
Professor Peter Waddington, Director of the University’s History and Governance Research Institute, is leading the new course. He identified the need for a professional qualification in a complex career.
 
Prof Waddington, who is a former police officer, said: “Policing is a very demanding occupation and this course prepares students by giving them the skills they need in a professional qualification which will enhance their career prospects.
 
“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.
 
It will develop understanding across a wide range of disciplines, with expertise from key academics. Students will be taught law in the School of Legal Studies, health issues from School of Health professionals and forensic science using the School of Applied Sciences’ state-of-the-art forensic science labs.
 
Final year students will serve as Special Constables with West Midlands Police. Completing a structured programme of induction before commencing patrol duties.
 
For more information see www.wlv.ac.uk/policing.

Further information

Please contact Emma Kilvert or Vickie Woodward in the press office on 01902 322003/322736 for more details.

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