For aspiring police officers who want to get ahead, a professionally accredited qualification may be the answer. Academic prowess is becoming increasingly important in a fiercely competitive recruitment process for forces up and down the country. Pre-joining success is becoming vital.
For some forces, the Metropolitan, Thames Valley and South Wales Police, to name a few, the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) has now become a mandatory requirement for all new recruits. However, some forces, such as West Midlands Police, only require a level 3 qualification in any subject.
So what’s it all about and how necessary is it to have the CKP under your belt?
What is the CKP?
Established in 2012, the CKP is a short, level 3 qualification which focusses on practical knowledge that is essential for all police officers.
What will I learn about?
The CKP serves as an introduction to the responsibilities and duties of a police officer, allowing students to gain valuable insight into the force before making an application. Students will study a variety of topics including:
- Gathering and submitting information to support law enforcement objectives
- Providing an initial response to incidents
- Conducting priority and volume investigations
- Interviewing victims and witnesses
- Interviewing suspects in relation to priority and volume investigations
- Searching individuals
- Searching vehicles, premises and open spaces
- Managing conflict
- Arresting, detaining and reporting individuals
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At CU Coventry, the CKP takes place over a period of 10 weeks, costing only £750. It is also taught on a Saturday, so is ideal to fit around your current commitments. Staff teaching this course have a wealth of experience coming from policing backgrounds as former and currently serving officers.
No previous qualifications are necessary for entry and prospective students can apply for the course via CUC’s website directly.
So there are clear advantages to undertaking the CKP. It is also worthwhile considering other common entry criteria police forces may require as well, such as GCSEs or an entrance exam. Furthermore, forces may also look for additional skills, such as being bilingual. It is important to showcase your individual skills. Fitness is also a consideration. More information on police recruitment can be found online here.
It is worth noting that the CKP is not only suitable for those hoping to become PCs. The CKP can assist those aspiring to be PCSOs and Special Constables.
More information on the CKP can be found online here.