Derbyshire Constabulary enrols on Foundation in Policing programme
10 February 2016
Demand is growing for the Foundation in Policing programme, which was launched in 2014 by the International Policing and Justice Institute, part of the University of Derby.
The Foundation in Policing (FIP) programme was originally designed for Nottinghamshire Constabulary’s Police Cadets (aged 16-18) and has now been approved by Derbyshire Constabulary as one of their official gateways into a career in policing.
The two-year course, which includes a five-day residential summer school at the University of Derby, was the brainchild of criminology lecturer, Mark Flint-Freel - a former serving officer with 30 years of experience working for the Metropolitan Police and Derbyshire Constabulary.
In addition to attending the residential summer school, cadets are required to complete 230 hours of additional study, which includes work-based learning and assessment, as well as individual project work. After two years successful cadets gain a formal University of Derby qualification.
From left to right: Mark Flint-Freel, Criminology Lecturer, International Policing & Justice Institute; PC Laura Robins, Police Cadet Lead, Derbyshire Constabulary; Chief Inspector Andy Palmer, Project Lead for Police Volunteers, Derbyshire Constabulary
Commenting on the Foundation In Policing, Mark Flint-Freel said: “Having been a police officer and run police cadet courses in the past, I was delighted to have had the opportunity to put this programme together, which is designed to inspire new student cadets and to give them the best learning experience they could have. Our institution offers excellent teaching facilities and affords unique insights into policing given that the majority of FIP lecturers are former high ranking police officers.
“We were delighted when the foundation course was adopted as the framework for Nottinghamshire Constabulary’s cadet programme and are equally pleased now that Derbyshire Constabulary has approved the course for their cadets. We look forward to continuing to have a positive impact on the cadets of today who will go on to become the police officers and criminologists of tomorrow”.
PC Laura Robins Force Cadet Lead added: “The University of Derby has provided a wonderful opportunity for the Derbyshire Police Cadets to follow a policing career. Around 25% of our cadets are young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and university accreditation offers them the opportunity to access a degree course where such opportunities may not have been possible prior to joining the scheme.
“We are very keen to work with the university and this can only strengthen the link we have established with the departments of Law and Criminology, and the International Policing and Justice Institute. For the last two years we have worked with the university in joint role-playing ventures and the Foundation in Policing programme provides our cadets with a new pathway to a career in Policing”.
The FIP course provides a natural progression to the University of Derby’s own CKP (Certificate in Knowledge of Policing), which has been approved by the College of Policing. The CKP is a nationally-recognised qualification, which comprises 10 key learning areas and is studied over 320 hours with over 70% of the course being classroom based and is also delivered by senior academics and highly experienced former serving officers.
For more information about the International Policing & Justice Institute: www.derby.ac.uk/theinstitute or call Simon Turton: 01246 583969 or 07976 826004.