We are committed to supporting you to learn while you earn and have developed a blended learning approach to support this.
During your time as a Student Officer you will complete taught modules and be deployed operationally with your chosen police force.
Your learning will be delivered by a combination of Staffordshire University academics and police colleagues. You won’t need to travel to our Stoke-on-Trent campus for lectures, we’ll deliver academic excellence in locations across the region.
In your first eight weeks, you will spend four weeks learning in the classroom and four weeks completing your police induction where you’ll be given your uniform and welcomed into your new Student Officer role.
You'll be based either within a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) or a safeguarding team. To begin with, you'll handle volume and priority investigations such as theft, burglary, missing persons, domestic abuse and hate crime, before moving onto serious and complex crime, such as serious sexual offences and serious violence. These are just some of the offences you could be dealing with as a trainee detective constable.
There are a number of elements that make up the assessment, including diploma assessment i.e. formal assessment of the diploma modules and ‘on-programme’ assessment of operational competence. You will also be required to complete and pass the National Investigators Exam.
Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.