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The Police Education Qualification Framework

The Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) is the introduction of a standardised national framework that sets minimum qualification levels by rank or level of practice for all Police officers and staff. Developed by the College of Policing, this is set to radically change contemporary policing through an increased focus on evidence based policing and academic programmes of study.

Few institutions are as well positioned as Northumbria University to support the breadth of PEQF, with the quality of expertise in Criminology, Business and Law, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics, and a vibrant research culture supporting evidence based policing.

If you are interested in Police Degree Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships for non officer roles, recognition of prior learning for all Police Officers and Police Staff, conversion programme for graduates, Higher Degree Apprenticeships or professional doctorate programmes we would welcome the opportunity to work with you. Contact Us

PC ADAM HIND - Thinking Differently; A qualitative exploration of Police Officers’ and Police Staff’s perceptions of Neurodiversity in a Northern Police Force.

This study aimed to address three key points within a northern police constabulary:

  • How neurodiversity is perceived and understood by supervising officers and staff within the organisation and in their respective teams.
  • What policies or procedures are currently in use to support the wellbeing and performance of officers and staff who identify as neurodiverse.
  • What challenges are experienced, along with potential improvements suggested, in ensuring neurodiverse officers and staff are supported.


PC KATIE SIMPSON - Poverty and Policing: Policing Poverty Related Issues in County Durham

This project makes recommendations that the police force work closely with partner organisations, third sector organisations and local authorities to design intervention strategies to empower communities. Services need to be funded and prioritised that help to reduce re-offending and provide support for those who are coming back to the community after prison. Police have training on trauma-informed practice, and regularly refresh learning. This would help police officers to understand more the situations that people have experienced in these communities. This would help to reduce stigma and bias.


PC DANIELLE JONES - Current organisational stressors and their impact on response officer wellbeing within Durham Constabulary

The purpose of this evidence-based research project is to explore the current organisational stressors experienced by response police officers within Durham Constabulary, and how length of service and the geographical location in which response officers work affects this.

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