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Are you a fan of Agatha Christie's books? Have you ever dreamt of solving a crime? UK graduates can now try their hand in criminology thanks to Police Now, a new fast-track training program for detectives.
How to Apply for Police Now?
To learn more about Police Now and apply for the program, check the official website, Applicants section. To join police forces under the program, you must meet the eligibility criteria:
See official website for other eligibility requirements.
What’s the Opinion of Police Officers?
Not everyone is excited about the induction of the new program. As reported by the BBC, Karen Stephens, the Police Federation secretary named the new initiative "an insult to the experienced hard-working detectives". Her colleague, Chief Constable Matt Jukes from South Wales Police shared an opposite opinion. Mr. Jukes believes police needs "people who are going to be cyber investigators."
The shortfall of police officers surely takes its toll on the organization. It is believed that attracting PCs and civilian detectives will help make up to the 5,000 shortfall. Also, it’s going to relieve the pressure most police officers are currently under. According to BBC, high demand for personnel in counter-terrorism, and difficulties in investigators retention in favor of commercial sector have caused the shortfall in professionals.
The Home Office hasn’t announced the start date for the new program, but the officials believe it will increase the number of detectives by up to 1,000 over the next 5 years.
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