THE public and police officers have sent a clear message they are against ensuring all officers have a degree.
THE public and serving police officers have sent a clear message they are against plans to ensure all officers have a degree.
Lincolnshire PCC Marc Jones has been a vocal opponent of the plan announced by the College of Policing in 2016.
Under the proposals, due to come into force in 2020, prospective officers can either complete a three-year "degree apprenticeship", a postgraduate conversion course or a degree.
But in just a single day more than 14,500 people voted in a Twitter poll launched by Mr Jones – with 90 per cent saying they disagreed with the policy.
The survey asked “Do you believe it is in the interests of policing and the public to insist that all future police officer recruits MUST have a degree or join as an apprentice and get one?”
A total of 13,124 people voted no – made up of 8,603 members of the public and 4,521 serving police officers. Just 1,457 voted yes – with only 291 officers and 1166 members of the public agreeing.
Mr Jones said he was surprised at the level of response to the survey, particularly amongst members of the public.
“I’ve always felt this new step would have a profound effect on our ability to recruit the range of people we need to reflect the community our force serves,” said Marc.
“And I expected the question to have resonance with serving police officers. But to receive nearly 10,000 responses from people right across the UK was a surprise and I’m heartened by the level of engagement in policing issues.
“Both the officers and the public have voted overwhelmingly, by nine to one, against the plans and I will feed that back, along with my own reservations, to the College of Policing.”