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Thursday, 8 May 2014

The CKP: What Volunteers Need to Become Certified Police Officers

Before one can obtain a CKP, an aspiring police officer must first undergo a training and assessment course provided by trusted College of Policing approved providers such as Police Knowledge. The course lasts for about 300 hours and is a mixture of classroom and self-study.

All College of Policing approved providers conduct an assessment test, which trainees should pass to obtain certification. The test varies between each provider, although the level of difficulty is consistent to meet the required knowledge and skills proper to members of the police force.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Basics of Stop and Search of Individuals

Being a police officer carries responsibilities in keeping the safety of the public. On some occasions where individuals may be a threat, the police can verify the suspicion and act accordingly. The police of England and Wales exercise legal powers to stop and search the concerned individual.
The police officer should have “reasonable cause” to stop and search an individual. Usually, individuals who are suspected of catalysing disturbances or crimes are stopped for questioning. They can be searched for implements, such as weapons, drugs and stolen properties.
There are laws governing the stop and search power. For instance, the officer is required to be in uniform or to present their warrant card when giving stop orders. Further, the officer must provide preliminary information prior to searching, such as his/her name and police station, the “reasonable cause,” etc. The officer should also stick to the provided restrictions on the manner, place and extent of conducting searches.
Aside from the specified limits of the power, the individuals to be stopped and searched have ample rights as well, one of which is being given a form or written copy accounting the conducted stop and search. This can be used by the individual if he/she thinks that a misuse in power or unfairness was exhibited by the officer.
The CKP course module on searching individuals provides more detailed discussions on the matter. With this, the police officers and constables are well-guided in their actions should the need to exercise this power arise.

Monday, 5 May 2014

CKP Course Meets Demand for a More Diverse Metropolitan Police Force

The Metropolitan Police Service may have faced considerable funding cuts and rising crime rates throughout the years, but it remains as steadfast as ever in its commitment to uphold the public peace. No matter how difficult the Met’s current situation may seem, the sheer honour of serving as a police constable remains undiminished.

Volunteers and special constables are encouraged to formally join the police force. The path to becoming a police constable is not that easy, however. One has to meet a set of police pre join requirements and pass a series of interviews and assessments, all of which are intended to prepare applicants for the challenges that come with the job.

Police pre-join requirements include, among other things, a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing from a duly recognised training provider such as Police Knowledge.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Peelian Principles: Foundation of Modern Policing

The police exist to prevent crime and disorder. Any action they take must be a demonstration of impartial service to the law, not as catering to public opinion. Police only resort to physical force when less-violent avenues like persuasion and warning prove futile. The police is put to the test not when there's a crime but when there isn't.

These are some of the principles police in the U.K. take to heart, popularly known in policing as the Peelian Principles. Created by Sir Robert Peel, known as the "father of modern policing," the nine principles describe what a modern police force should be and how they should work. These principles are also being used by police forces around the world.

Several Peelian Principles take centre stage on the discussion of various policing issues like the use of force. Even though a police officer has tried but failed to sway a person into surrender, the word "tried" comes into question. Did the officer try enough, as in "made any effort?" More importantly, did the officer really exhaust all less-violent methods?

Nevertheless, the Peelian Principles serve as a basis for development of policing doctrines on keeping the peace. Police forces develop tactics on when the use of force is justified and to bring their man down using non-lethal means. The Peelian Principles, after all, highlight the importance of gaining public trust.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

When Force is Good: CKP Course Discusses the Use of Reasonable Force

The Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act of 1984 defines the use of force as lawful, given that two conditions are met. First, the individual─ usually a police officer─ is authorised by PACE. Second, in some situations, any individual authorised by PACE agrees to the other party’s use of reasonable force.

This is just one of the subjects covered in a CKP course. Training services such as those offered by Outsource and Knowledge of Policing include this in their conflict management programme.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Brave Policeman Shows How a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing Helps

A CKP course is a critical element of the Pre-Join Strategy into professional policing, as the course aims to provide citizens with a basic overview of the workings of law enforcement, and provide them with a preparatory certificate in policing knowledge prior to actually joining the force (if they are qualified, able, and willing).

Civilians who have met the requirements for the certificate will be able to submit it as evidence of the knowledge component of their Diploma in Policing, provided that the training provider is recognized by the College of Policing. While pre-join training is a good start, it doesn’t ensure a smooth passage into the actual police force – the same old strict screening process is still required for concerns of dedication and true professionalism.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Are You Qualified to be a Police Officer?

Short of passing your tests and acquiring a certificate in knowledge of policing, there are other basic qualifications that should be able to tell if you can become a police officer in the UK. Know that while it’s a great career, policing requires both mental and physical alertness and strength, so only the most capable could be a bobby.

Physical Health

For one, you should neither be overweight nor underweight, but reasonably fit and in good health. To evaluate and enforce this, new recruits go through a rigorous training program with four stages, spread across activities ranging from familiarising oneself with police work to boot camps and defence training.

Mental Health

You are also required to be of sound mind as much as you have a healthy physique. Your employer should be confident that you are able to efficiently enforce the law while being courteous enough to the rights of others, especially civilians. Sound judgment and good communication skills are also a must.

Other Requirements and Qualifications

As a part of your character evaluation, it is also recommended that you not have a criminal record before joining the police force (of course, it’s all the more necessary that you don’t acquire one during your duty). However, this doesn’t mean that you will be immediately disqualified, as some employers weigh the gravity of your offence before deciding.