Policing is evolving and like you it will continue to grow and evolve. It has been influenced by events over time such as; social in equality in 1970s; the miners disputes in the 1980s; through to the death of Stephen Lawrence in the 1990s, resulting in the police service recognising that it contained institutionalised racism.
The first decade of this millennium saw the rise and proliferation of technology in the form of smart phones, and social media, leading to information on demand and greater scrutiny of public services, especially at a time of when national funding was tightening. The police responded with increased transparency, inspections and efficiency, all of which required new skills, technology and ways of working, underpinned with higher level of qualifications.
All new police officers are required to have a degree to be confirmed in the rank of constable. The preferred degree is a BA (Hons) in Professional Degree in Policing or, if you already have a degree, the ‘degree holder’ pathway in the form of a Diploma in Professional Policing.
Policing at WLV
Our team of experienced lecturers and researchers are eager to feed you knowledge of law, policy and procedures whilst developing your approach to critical thinking. Be less accepting of what you find without challenging it first, evidenced based policing supporting investigations and recognising the ‘peelian’ principles that govern those in public office and challenging bias in order to work with others in order to deliver community, partner and organisational solutions for crime and other policing problems.
Over the course of your studies, you will develop an understanding of a range of institutional conditions, cultural processes and social relations, within and across societies, whilst being mindful of the pitfalls that have challenged policing over time.
If you are not sure which degree to take, because you are not sure if being a police officer is for you, but you are interested in policing or other law enforcement roles? We would recommend that you start with the Professional Policing Degree, because the professional body rules, will prevent you from transferring from the Policing and Intelligence degree to Professional Policing without starting from year 1.