Designing a graduate entry route for police recruits: Lessons from a rapid evidence assessment of other professions

Jyoti Belur, Winifred Agnew-Pauley, Lisa Tompson

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Abstract

Policing in the UK is currently undergoing changes to the training and attained qualifications of entry level police officers. The College of Policing is in the process of developing three entry routes into the profession, one of which is a graduate conversion course for those new recruits who hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree. The objective of this research was to gather evidence on existing conversion courses to inform the development of this route. A rapid evidence assessment was undertaken to a narrative synthesis of the literature on graduate conversion courses in other professions. Fifty-one studies were identified and coded. Four main themes emerged from the available evidence as being central. These themes–learning styles, translating theory into practice, teaching methods and assessment were cross cut by pedagogical sub-themes of collaborative learning, and reflective practice. Policy and practice implications for a policing conversion course are drawn out to guide development and delivery of police training and education in the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-151
Number of pages18
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date9 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • graduate conversion course
  • police
  • Rapid evidence assessment
  • teaching

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