The Association has welcomed the College of Policing’s plans for ensuring policing is recognised as a profession and that officers are properly acknowledged for their skills and experience.
Responding to the the release of the College’s Policing Education Qualifications Framework, President Gavin Thomas said:
“The recognition of policing as a profession is long overdue and we strongly support this work by the College of Policing.
“Policing is a highly skilled profession. It demands a lot from its officers, but in return it equips them with unique experiences and abilities which are extremely valuable, to policing itself and to other professions, organisations and to society.
“It is absolutely right that we encourage, nurture and reward this.
“Formally professionalising the service has many benefits to police officers, the service as a whole and the public.
“It will make policing even more attractive to people from many different backgrounds.
“Achievement and progression will be aligned to widely recognised qualifications, allowing officers to get the recognition they so richly deserve.
“With the use of apprenticeships, all officers will be supported to reach academic qualifications which reflect the significant roles and responsibilities they hold in society.
“The Association’s national officers are also working very closely with the College of Policing to ensure that current serving officers can also benefit from the professionalisation of the service, and that the implementation of new requirements and opportunities are fair to them.”
The College’s plans are available on its website.