Essex: A levels to become standard for officers?

Halstead Gazette: Essex: A levels to become standard for officers? Essex: A levels to become standard for officers?

Essex could miss out on potentially great police officers if A Levels become the minimum standard for entry.


Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, said proposals, set to be implemented in April, which insist on an A Level or degree will damage rather than help policing.
 

The change is part of an attempt to “increase the educational requirement for constables” according to the Winsor report into policing reform.
 

The Police Advisory Board claim A Levels are the minimum level “appropriate to the demands of modern policing”.
 

But Mr Smith insists personal characteristics are more important and recruits already have to prove they have a certain level of education with the entrance exams.
 

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9:00pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Bit_Bytr says...

I am flabbergasted at the consistent attitude towards education levels in the UK. Elsewhere, one carries a stigma for the rest of one's life for not finishing high school/sixth form. And, IMO, rightfully so. You leave school at 16 and what do you possess? A minimal education with little maturity.

I would like my police officers to be more educated and erudite! I would like everyone to be more educated and erudite! Why always lowering the bar instead of raising it?
I am flabbergasted at the consistent attitude towards education levels in the UK. Elsewhere, one carries a stigma for the rest of one's life for not finishing high school/sixth form. And, IMO, rightfully so. You leave school at 16 and what do you possess? A minimal education with little maturity. I would like my police officers to be more educated and erudite! I would like everyone to be more educated and erudite! Why always lowering the bar instead of raising it? Bit_Bytr
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8:48pm Tue 21 Aug 12

theranderson says...

Completely agree with the above. Besides, given that school leaving age is increasing over the next 3 years to 18 by 2015, this isn't going to be a problem; people will have A-levels as standard.
Completely agree with the above. Besides, given that school leaving age is increasing over the next 3 years to 18 by 2015, this isn't going to be a problem; people will have A-levels as standard. theranderson
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