News: ‘New entry requirements will see number of front line police officers fall’

News: ‘New entry requirements will see number of front line police officers fall’

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The chief constable of Lincolnshire Police says plans to ensure all new recruits have academic degrees could take 40 police officers off the front line. 

The College of Policing wants to implement a new recruitment process that would require all recruits to have an academic degree or be prepared to commit studying for one while at work.

Lincolnshire’s top cop Bill Skelly says the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) means there will be fewer officers on the front line across the county at any one time as they will have to spend time studying for their degree.

Now he is calling for a judicial review into the plans and is taking the college to court to delay their implementation.

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Lincolnshire Police says that after doing its own analysis into the plans, 10 per cent of its deployable officers would have to be taken off the front line at any time because the amount of time they spend studying would be increased.

Lincolnshire Police says if the plans are implemented it will also be financially unable to recruit officers to replace those who are taken off the front line while doing their studies, as the new system would be more expensive than what is currently in place.

It also says there would be an increased turnover in staff and there is no guarantee that everyone would complete the course.

Marc Jones
Marc Jones, Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, is supporting the legal action

Chief constable Skelly said he had been raising concerns about the plans for more than two years.

“The College has pushed forward ignoring the growing evidence that demonstrates the impracticality of their proposals for Lincolnshire,” he said.

He is asking for the implementation of the proposals, which is due to take place next year, to be put back to 2023 to allow for an evaluation of the plans and for changes to be made.

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“In the meantime we are developing an enhanced initial training package that meets the requirements of the modern police officer without creating an unaffordable impact on the police service in Lincolnshire,” he said.

He has been given the support of Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, who is funding the court action.

In a letter to his fellow PCC’s in England and Wales, Mr Jones said: “I was elected by the people of Lincolnshire to represent them and act in their best interests regarding policing and crime. 

“Put simply, if I did not challenge the imposition of these untested and far reaching changes that will see fewer officers on the streets of my county and the country as a whole, I would be failing in my duty.

“Protecting the people of Lincolnshire is our number one priority and to do that we cannot support a further loss of officer numbers to this ill thought through scheme. 

“We believe that losing around 40 officers from the front line without challenging the College would be unforgivable and the costs to the public both financially and in loss of service leave us with no choice.”



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