Officers from our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion unit joined our recruitment department’s Positive Action team at a busy careers fair for law and criminal justice students.
The University of Hertfordshire event was designed to give students from their Law School a chance to see what careers their degrees could lead them in to with policing an obvious choice.
“The turnout was impressive, and our stand was very busy with students from diverse backgrounds, wanting to learn more about policing in Hertfordshire,” said PC Shazia Malik, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Positive Action team.
“This event also allowed us to publicise the support on offer to applicants from less represented backgrounds and yielded lots of expressions of interest which we will be following up.”
In Herts, as of 31 December 2021, we have 2,271 police officers, of which 795 (35 per cent) are female and 127 (5.6 per cent) come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. The constabulary is working hard to increase representation and is keen to attend careers fairs, like the one on Thursday 27 January, to spread the word.
“As a woman from a South Asian and Middle Eastern background it really matters to me that policing is more diverse and representative of the communities we serve and protect,” said PC Malik. “Candidates with one or more protected characteristics can get support from our Positive Action team, which includes mentoring from a serving police officer and advice sessions on the application process. We’d encourage anyone interested in applying to get in touch with us.”
There are multiple routes into a policing career, and we have several training courses starting this year. The entry routes are:
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice. This is a three-year, work-based, practical and vocational degree.
Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – aimed at those who have a degree in any subject. In your first two years, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a police officer.
Accelerated Detective Constable Programme – a year of intensive training and practical experience followed by a year of three crime attachments, whilst completing training to obtain the relevant qualifications to become a detective.
Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) course – we still have a few old-style courses running. Train to be a police officer over two years without earning a degree.
Pre-Join Degree - The Pre-Join Degree, BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is for those who choose to complete the degree at a higher education institution of their choosing, at their own cost.