Working to meet the professional requirements of 21st-century policing.

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About us

The Institute of Policing is working in collaboration with policing and criminal justice partners to meet the professional requirements of 21st-century policing and to develop high-quality, evidence-based education within the police service. The IoP is designed to facilitate undergraduate studies for police officers enrolled in the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), for students contemplating a career in policing or anyone wishing to study policing, criminology or forensic science at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

The Institute of Policing is currently in pre-procurement talks with several regional police forces in the South East and South West of England; the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) will be the central focus of these collaborative talks and will accept its first police students in September 2018.  This programme will seek approval/accreditation from the College of Policing after validation; further information forthcoming.

Courses under development

The IoP is also developing the following courses:

  • A programme for graduate entry to the policing profession.
  • A pre-join undergraduate degree in policing
  • Senior Leader Masters’s Degree Apprenticeship

Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience (RPL)

If you are making enquiries about courses through the Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience (RPL) Directory, the following undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses will be available to you:

Find out more about RPL.

Other activities

The Institute of Policing will also coordinate the following functions:

  • Research & Innovation Committee. Membership developed by Hampshire Police, and in collaboration with regional universities (feeding into the College of Policing Research & Innovation Knowledge Bank)
  • Ongoing collaboration with regional forces around PEQF requirements, delivery of training, sharing of resources around curriculum needs and collaboration with regional PCCs.
  • Provision of conferences, training workshops, seminars and symposia around regional needs, developments and initiatives, to strengthen collaboration between police forces and Higher Education.
  • Institute of Policing Research & Innovation Library for all EBP dissertation projects produced by students on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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