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First student police officers graduate

22 December 2006

Chief Constable Mike Fuller and Canterbury Christ Church University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Sue Piotrowski, presented Kent Police's first intake of student officers with Higher Education and Foundation Degree certificates.

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Graduate Police Officers

Chief Constable Mike Fuller and Canterbury Christ Church University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Sue Piotrowski, presented Kent Police's first intake of student officers with Higher Education and Foundation Degree certificates at a passing out parade at Kent Police College, Maidstone, on Tuesday 19th December 2006.

The ceremony marked the success of the force's pioneering new training programme with Canterbury Christ Church University, one of the first of its kind in the country.

Fifty-nine students completed the courses successfully, with 55 gaining a Higher Education Certificate and four achieving a Foundation Degree qualification. The 56-week higher education programme covered subjects including law and officer safety and combined university study with police station placements to develop policing skills. It also focussed on community skills, with student officers studying at the University's Canterbury or Chatham campuses alongside student nurses, teachers and social workers. Those who went on to take a Foundation Degree in their second year took the opportunity to specialise in a particular policing route, such as criminal investigation or operational policing.

The University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Sue Piotrowski, and Principal Lecturer of the University’s Department for Studies in Crime and Policing, Dr Dominic Wood, represented the University at the ceremony and congratulated the University’s newest graduates.

Professor Piotrowski said: “The University’s Higher Education Certificate and Foundation Degree in Policing has contributed to a new innovative approach to police training, and I would like to congratulate the University’s first policing graduates and wish them every success in their careers as police officers.”

Inspector Alexandra Harrington, from Kent Police College, said: “Kent is one of only eight forces working in partnership with a higher education establishment. The students have had to work really hard to achieve their certificates or degrees and gain policing skills. We've been working closely with the University over the last two years to make sure the programme fully reflects community needs and it's great to see the officers recognised at the beginning of their police career.”


Chief Constable, Mike Fuller said: “I'm delighted to see the first set of intake students doing so well. Our new training programme is very much tailored towards working with the community and providing students with the skills they need to become police officers. I'm very pleased to be here today to congratulate everyone involved.”

Ann Barnes, Chair of the Kent Police Authority said: “It's fantastic that Kent Police devised a training programme that other forces have followed. The graduation of these students is a real milestone and the programme can only develop and get better and better. They have all done really well and now will join the force in different jobs around the county.”

If you would like to find out more about joining the police force then contact Kent Police Recruitment on 01622 653040.

Notes to Editor

If you would like an interview with Professor Sue Piotrowski or Dr Dominic Wood at Canterbury Christ Church University, please contact the University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Robinson, on 01227 782391 or

If you would like an interview with Mike Fuller or any of Kent Police’s newest recruits please contact Kent Police’s Press Officer, Alison Hammond, on 01622 677055 or 07870 999 879, or

Kent Police Association

Kent Police Association is one of 43 police authorities in England and Wales established by Parliament for the governance of policing at a local level. Kent Police Association comprises of 17 members, this includes elected councillors and council members plus 5 independent people drawn from across Kent. The Kent Police Association sets the police council tax, agrees the budget whilst scrutinises Kent Police performance.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Department for Studies in Crime and Policing

The Department for Studies in Crime & Policing was originally established at Canterbury Christ Church University as a Centre in 1996 to coordinate the work of individual members of staff working with police officers on a number of related programmes and projects. In 1997 the Centre launched the BSc (Hons) Policing, which was initially designed and developed in partnership with Kent County Constabulary (now Kent Police). Subsequently, the degree programme attracted officers from several other police forces throughout Britain.

At the same time the Centre offered police probationary officers in Kent the opportunity of undertaking a Certificate of Higher Education in Policing and since this time the Centre has continued to enjoy a good working relationship with Kent Police and officers from other forces. This collaboration has lead to a number of innovative programmes being developed including the Dip HE Policing programme, (BA/BSc) Forensic Investigation and Applied Criminology, a BSc (Hons) Applied Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) Police Studies and the MSc Policing.

The philosophy of working closely with the Police on all aspects of the programmes delivered by the Centre has remained constant and in this respect much gratitude is owed to the continued support of staff at the Kent Police College. Due to the increase in the number of students and the range of courses the Centre became a Department in its own right in October 2004.

The police programmes have developed as a result of these links with Kent Police. Academic Staff in the Department meet regularly with serving police officers, police trainers, senior officers and crime scene investigators to monitor the programme and discuss and debate matters of content and delivery.

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