South Wales Police is holding Open Days for people thinking of becoming a police officer, with information about the new Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).
Officers on patrol in Bridgend
Saturday 15th February 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 23rd February 09:00 – 15:00
Force site in Waterton, Bridgend, CF31 3YU (next to South Wales Police Rugby club)
The information sessions have been organised following the launch of a pre-join programme and in response to waves of interest from the public.
Earlier this month, South Wales Police joined the growing number of police forces which have made the successful completion of the new Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) mandatory for anyone applying to become a police constable.
Mr Mark Milton, Director of Human Resources at South Wales Police, said: “We anticipated lots of interest, and we want people to be as informed as possible about our new programme which will help students gain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, so we have organised two events which people can go to and ask questions.
“Our main aim is to meet people who are seriously considering a career as police constable and who are interested in our pre-join programme, so my advice to anyone attending is to ensure they meet the strict eligibility criteria for becoming a police constable, and to read the information about the course on our website.”
The events have been organised during the weekend to make them as accessible as possible to the public. Doors will be open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, 15th February and between 9am and 3pm on Sunday, 23rd February. During the open days, there will be opportunities to view presentations, plus question and answer sessions regarding the CKP and being a police officer in South Wales.
The CKP gives candidates an understanding of policing and police law and allows them to demonstrate some of the critical decision-making skills that are required for the job.
This means candidates will have a much stronger skills set when they start as constables, having detailed knowledge in vital areas of policing such as victim support, the use of police powers, interviewing witnesses and suspects, the criminal justice system, social and community issues and neighbourhood policing.
South Wales Police is the first force in Wales to make the CKP a requirement for those wishing to apply to become a police constable, although several forces in England have already introduced it including the Metropolitan Police, Surrey, Sussex, North Yorkshire and Hampshire.
There are several educational establishments offering CKP courses at various costs. However South Wales Police is offering a bespoke CKP Plus course at a cost of £1,190. This cost includes City and Guilds registration.
The benefits are that candidates will be taught by operational officers who can give a practical insight into day to day policing and offer the perfect grounding to life in the job. Candidates who take the standard CKP course elsewhere will also have to sit and pass two further exams to make sure they are CKP Plus proficient before starting their police training with South Wales Police.
South Wales Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, together with key partners, are working on various strategies such as bursaries, to look at reducing the potential impact of the costs.
Mr Mark Milton, Director of Human Resources at South Wales Police, said: “The introduction of CKP is a milestone for policing. For the first time new constables will have a recognised professional qualification before joining which will give them a vital knowledge and an understanding of current legislation, policy and practice.
“The huge advantage of South Wales Police offering this qualification in-house is the contact candidates will have with operational officers and the experience that can be passed onto them first hand. Candidates who pass the CKP plus exam with South Wales Police will have the best possible grounding if they then choose to apply to become a police constable when we advertise for new officers.”
South Wales Police is now accepting applications from people wishing to study a CKP plus course, with the first candidates due to begin their courses in June, 2014.