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ARU selected to train region's police officers

Published: 15 June 2020 at 10:00

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New partnership will see Anglia Ruskin work alongside seven police forces

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has been chosen to provide educational training to seven police forces as part of a major overhaul of police officer training in England and Wales.

The seven forces – Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk – will be implementing the new Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF), developed by the College of Policing, from next summer.

The PEQF aims to further professionalise policing as a career, by both recognising and raising educational standards, and ARU has been selected by the Seven Force Strategic Collaboration Programme to provide the educational training for two new entry routes into the profession.

New Police Constables will enrol on a three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, which combines a degree programme with on-the-job training, while a two-year Degree Holder Entry Programme will be available for new recruits who already have a degree. 

Through its Degrees at Work initiative, ARU has a proud history of creating and delivering innovative, work-based programmes.  It currently works with over 330 clients across public services and the private sector and is one of UK’s largest providers of Degree Apprenticeships.

With campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and London, ARU is also one of the leading universities for police education in the UK, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in policing and criminology. ARU’s Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) carries out important research in collaboration with police forces across the East of England, and beyond.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Seven Forces to deliver PEQF across the Eastern region.  This is a hugely important initiative for us, and we are committed to working closely with the forces to create and deliver excellent professional training for future police officers.”


Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary, said:

“On behalf of the Seven Forces, I am delighted to announce our partnership with Anglia Ruskin University to deliver our PEQF policing training. The university has a good track record for delivering public sector courses and will deliver a fantastic academic programme for our forces. We are looking forward to working with them.”