School's not out for summer

"I seized the opportunity to be able to inspire new student cadets and give them the best learning experience they could have." Mark Flint-Freel

Demand is growing for the Police Cadet Summer School launched in 2014 by the International Policing and Justice Institute, part of the University of Derby’s College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The 5-day residential course was the brainchild of Derby criminology lecturer, Mark Flint-Freel — a former serving officer with 30 years of experience with the Metropolitan Police and Derbyshire Constabulary.

The Foundation in Policing (FIP) programme was originally developed for Nottinghamshire Police and the inaugural course took place during the summer of 2014. As a result of the very positive feedback from the students, Nottinghamshire Police invited the University of Derby to accredit the programme to ensure that the students achieved formal recognition for successfully completing the FIP.

The course was subsequently approved by the University, rolled out across Nottinghamshire and has been adopted as the framework for their cadet programme. Cadets are required to complete 240 hours of additional study, which includes work-based learning and assessment, as well as project work.

The programme has recently attracted the attention of Derbyshire Constabulary and Mark Flint-Freel is currently in the process of finalising details.

Commenting on the summer school and FIP, Mark Flint-Freel said: “Having been a police officer and run police cadet courses in the past, I seized the opportunity to be able to inspire new student cadets and give them the best learning experience they could have.

“Our institution offers excellent facilities and unique learning experiences for police cadets, combined with innovative leaders and forward-thinking officers from Nottinghamshire Police. Following our success in Nottinghamshire we are delighted to be in negotiations with Derbyshire Constabulary and hope to continue to have a positive impact on the cadets of today who will become the police officers and criminologists of tomorrow”.

The course content — designed to integrate with the CKP (Certificate in Knowledge of Policing) a national College of Policing qualification — comprises 10 learning areas. The FIP is closely linked to these areas and covers 10 main areas.

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