Policing & higher education

The UK is engaged in a vigorous debate over whether to begin requiring university education for police. Some in the police think the country’s College of Policing has been pushing the academic agenda too hard, at the expense of recognizing the skills and experience obtained within the profession. This brief essay reviews the arguments, urging both sides to focus on “the value and worth that external formal recognition can add onto the complex work that police officers and staff do on a daily basis” while also giving “policing professionals … a greater say in shaping their own policing context.”

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