Further evidence needed to support Police Education Qualification Framework

06 April 2016

College of Policing

Proposals by the College of Policing (CoP) for a Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) must be grounded in a strong evidence base, says the Police Federation. At the moment, there is limited evidence to show how requiring formal qualifications for entry into the police or to join specific ranks will benefit policing.

“The College has highlighted ways in which an education and qualification framework might improve policing. But given the wide-ranging implications of these proposals we think that there needs to be thorough modelling and testing of assumptions before any changes are implemented,” said Andy Fittes, Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) General Secretary. “The PFEW has offered to support the College in this and provide peer review for this analysis.”

The PEQF proposes to introduce:
• Academic recognition for the existing police workforce
• A practical police degree for future entrants
• A higher level apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training while studying towards a high level qualification

The PFEW submitted a written response to the consultation process on PEQF which closed on 29 March.

The Federation is supportive of the CoP’s proposal to provide opportunities for officers’ knowledge, skills and experience to be externally accredited; and agree that officers’ knowledge, skills and experience should be formally recognised.

However, emphasis must be placed on fairness and consistency: for that reason, the federation believe that there must be a strong evidence base to demonstrate the benefits of minimum qualification levels either for entry into the police service or for specific ranks.

All the feedback collected by CoP on PEQF is now being analysed and is expected to be formally reported on later in the year. Although the initial consultation is now closed, the consultation paper and frequently asked questions are still accessible.