10-year partnership with the Police Academy Netherlands celebrated
20 April 2017
The School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its long-standing partnership with the Police Academy of the Netherlands with a symposium themed ‘the reflective practitioner’.
Students, alumni and members of staff from both institutions attended the symposium hosted by the Police Academy in Warnsveld. It provided the basis for a discussion on the links between academic and professional practice, what this means for the education of police officers, and how it is reflected on the officers’ day-to-day jobs.
The symposium was also an opportunity to reinstate the mutual desire to carry on the very successful inter-institutional partnership between the University and the Police Academy. The shared values and interests between the two institutions have led to the establishment of a number of joint initiatives throughout the years, which include a joint academic programme (the MSc in Policing) and collaborative partnership with CEPOL (the European Joint Masters Programme). Both partners hope to continue to collaborate in the development of ground-breaking initiatives in policing and police education and research.
Dr Sofia Graca, Programme Director for the Masters in Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The symposium was a very successful event that generated a lot of insightful discussion on the relationship between academia and the police forces. I would also like to thank Drs Marttin for his continued help bridging the cultural and linguistic differences between both institutions, and securing the enduring strength of the partnership.”