Embedding learning and assessment within police practice: the opportunities and challenges arising from the introduction of the PEQF in England and Wales

Wood, D. (2018) Embedding learning and assessment within police practice: the opportunities and challenges arising from the introduction of the PEQF in England and Wales. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

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Abstract

This paper reflects upon the development of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) in England and Wales and considers the implications it will have for policing degrees. Given the topic, the paper is primarily forward looking but it draws upon the experiences of having worked closely with police for over 20 years in designing bespoke policing degree programmes. It is offered as an opinion piece. The PEQF represents a significant step change in the development of police training and education. In particular, it places tertiary education at the centre of all aspects of learning within the police organisation. The paper welcomes the PEQF as a significant opportunity to develop our understanding of police practice. In particular, it provides an impetus to explore ways of embedding learning and assessment within operational police practice. However, this will require both investment and a substantial change programme to ensure that police services have the appropriate infrastructure to support tertiary levels of learning and assessment. It will also require a cultural shift within both universities and police organisations. Most importantly, if the PEQF is to fulfil its potential, police services will need to embrace, promote and enable reflective practitioners, and become reflective practices in the fullest sense. If this is achieved, I argue, the policing degrees of tomorrow will be radically transformed for the better.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
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Depositing User: Dominic Wood
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2018 15:36
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 16:15
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17763

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