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Police Now partners with Liverpool John Moores University

Police Now partners with Liverpool John Moores University

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Police Now are pleased to announce their new partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to co-deliver a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

Participants joining the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme or National Detective Programme from 2022 will complete their Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Participants will work towards achieving their Diploma alongside the rest of their two-year Police Now training, achieving full operational competence in their force.

The partnership will sit within the School of Justice Studies under the auspices of the Professor of Policing Studies and Director of School, Daniel Silverstone. The programme will be underpinned by the the College of Policing’s Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).
Participants will complete a series of assignments that will allow them to explore, reflect and think about current issues in policing. The assignments will draw on participants’ own experiences as Police Constables or trainee Detective Constables, and the impact they are having in their communities. Participants will be required to review relevant academic literature and study online content in criminology and evidence-based policing. Assessments undertaken over the course of the two-years will be validated by LJMU and marked and moderated at a degree-level standard.

This exciting partnership will see Police Now’s programmes continue to innovate within the policing sector, collaboratively equipping participants with a range of skills including core policing and emotional intelligence throughout the two-year development programmes. Police Now aims to transform communities by recruiting, developing and inspiring outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline. Driving positive change for communities today and for future generations, officers on these programmes share a commitment to delivering social change and public service.

Peter Borley, Programmes Director at Police Now, said: “We are greatly looking forward to working with Liverpool John Moores University, who bring a wealth of experience working on DHEP and other similar programmes, to co-deliver our Police Now training. Together we will assess participants to the highest standards to ensure they are equipped to drive our mission to transform communities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase the public’s confidence in the police.”

Professor Daniel Silverstone, Professor of Policing Studies and Director of School of Justice Studies at LJMU said: “We are delighted to win this tender and to be working with Police Now. We are dedicated to transforming policing, increasing diversity in policing and assisting communities so feel that our mission is completely aligned with Police Now. It is an exciting time for an expanding police service and we look forward to working together to deliver the best possible educational experience for our shared students.”

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