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Designing a graduate entry route for police recruits: lessons from a rapid evidence assessment of other professions

Belur, JS; Agnew-Pauley, W; Tompson, L; (2020) Designing a graduate entry route for police recruits: lessons from a rapid evidence assessment of other professions. Police Practice and Research , 21 (2) pp. 134-151. 10.1080/15614263.2018.1526685. Green open access

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Abstract

Policing in the UK is currently undergoing changes to the training and attained qualifications of entry level police officers. The College of Policing is in the process of developing three entry routes into the profession, one of which is a graduate conversion course for those new recruits who hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree. The objective of this research was to gather evidence on existing conversion courses to inform the development of this route. A rapid evidence assessment was undertaken to a narrative synthesis of the literature on graduate conversion courses in other professions. Fifty-one studies were identified and coded. Four main themes emerged from the available evidence as being central. These themes – learning styles, translating theory into practice, teaching methods and assessment were cross cut by pedagogical sub-themes of collaborative learning, and reflective practice. Policy and practice implications for a policing conversion course are drawn out to guide development and delivery of police training and education in the 21st century.

Type: Article
Title: Designing a graduate entry route for police recruits: lessons from a rapid evidence assessment of other professions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1526685
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2018.1526685
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Rapid evidence assessment, police, graduate conversion course, teaching
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056465
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