Perceptions of student officers of the police constable degree apprenticeship

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Andrews, T. 2023. Perceptions of student officers of the police constable degree apprenticeship. Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. pp. 1-35. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X231208904
AuthorsAndrews, T.
Abstract

In 2016, policing in England and Wales became a degree-entry profession. The pathway for those entering the service without a pre-existing degree is the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). Due its novelty, there is little extant research sur-rounding its efficacy. This study gathered perceptions of PCDA officers through a mix of quantitative and qualitative data and thematic analysis, finding that the programme is viewed quite negatively, but this is improving over time. The negativity is largely influenced by a police culture and hierarchy both reluctant to change and facing significant operational pressures hindering students’ experience.

KeywordsPolice Education; Police training; PEQF; PCDA
Year2023
JournalPolice Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Journal citationpp. 1-35
PublisherSAGE Journals
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X231208904
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0032258X231208904
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Accepted2023
Deposited20 Oct 2023
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