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Diverse Cohort Welcomed Onto Force

7th September 2018

The force's first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) cohort DA1 have been welcomed to Nottinghamshire Police by Chief Constable Craig Guildford on their first day on Friday 7 September 2018. 

The officers have joined with a number of different backgrounds including candidates that have just finished school, Special Constables, single mothers and those changing careers. They each bring a different perspective, different experiences and different strengths. 

The force is the first nationally to deliver the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) with officers starting the courses today (Friday 7 September 2018) through a partnership with Derby University.

From 2020 the entry requirements to policing will change. Some new officers will join on the apprentice route and gain their vocational Policing Degree during their Probationary period. Other officers who already hold a degree will undertake a shorter conversion course during their Probationary period. Finally new officers who have undertaken an undergraduate Policing Degree will be a further route into policing.

The Apprenticeship provides a new and exciting opportunity where successful applicants will be employed as Police Officers, but as well as their core officer training will work towards achieving a degree in Professional Policing Practice with the University.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "We are delighted to welcome our newest recruits and we are delighted to start our PCDA today.

"The introduction of the PCDA provides an exciting opportunity for driven and talented individuals to obtain a degree whilst working and earning.

"We are keen to become an employer of choice and by working closely with the University, who we already have a fantastic working relationship with, we hope to attract people into Nottinghamshire Police who may not have previously thought of having a career with us.

“This is all about professionalising the workforce of the future, focusing on local talent and increasing our operation effectiveness. You don't need a degree to join, there will be good opportunities for local people as we continue to recruit and grow our officer numbers.

“Our previous recruitment window delivered 800 applicants in three weeks, with just over half already have a first or second degree.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “These apprenticeships provide an alternative way for people to join Nottinghamshire Police as a Police Constable and I’m really pleased to see that Nottinghamshire is the first force to introduce this option. I think it will offer people from a variety of different backgrounds the opportunity to join the police family which is especially valuable as we continue to work towards a truly representative workforce."

Dr Philip Hodgson, Head of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences at the University of Derby, commented: “We are delighted to be strengthening our existing partnership with Nottinghamshire Police by delivering one of the first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships (PCDA) in the country.

“The addition of the PCDA to our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes consolidates our position as leaders in policing education and presents a real opportunity to make a significant and positive impact on the sector."

New recruit Rosalee Evans can’t wait to get started and said she has realised a childhood dream.

The 35-year-old said: “I've always been interested in policing, ever since I was a child. Back in Jamaica I used to attend a policing youth club which brought the whole community together. I learnt a lot and it made me want to have a career within the police.

“My Dad was also in the police and as you can imagine he was a big influence for me. I guess I always wanted to aspire to go down that path.

“Sadly it didn't quite work out like that and I had a few different jobs including working in a pharmacy, as a teacher and working on the farm as part of a national vocational training programme ran by the government.

“I moved to the UK when I was 22 and I started to get my education and qualifications.

“I made Nottingham my home and spotted the advert online for the PCDA and despite the lengthy application process, I wasn't put off and applied. I am so thrilled to be given this chance. The uniform fitting the other day made me realise how far I have come.

“I'm very much a people person and I want to make a difference to the community. I'm proud of myself for getting this far and I can't wait to get started.”

Meanwhile 18-year-old Numilia Mellis has lived in Nottinghamshire all her life and previously worked for the force as a cadet.

She said: “I’m very excited to start! It has been a long process but I believe it will be a career worth the wait.

“I have chosen to work in policing as I have always expressed an interest in being positively involved with my community. I would like to make a direct impact within my community by making Nottinghamshire a safer place to live.

“After undergoing work experience with officers and being a former cadet, I discovered that I am very interested in the role and I’d like have a career that gives me a sense of pride.” 

As well as covering the core policing training as our officers, the apprentices will work towards their degree which will link wider knowledge to what they experience whilst doing the job.

Inspector Naomi Bolton who led on recruitment for the PCDA said: “We are thrilled to see these candidates starting today, they have been through a rigorous recruitment process and shown real determination and motivation at every stage. They will have a challenging but exciting three years ahead of them whilst they complete their degree and probationary period. I look forward to seeing them progress and develop throughout their careers with Nottinghamshire Police.”


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