Fedster + 1,307 Posted June 5, 2018 Share Posted June 5, 2018 CC Sara Thornton says degrees and apprenticeships are beneficial but changing recruitment has been a prerequisite for pay reform. CC Sara Thornton Part of the reason the police service is introducing degrees and apprenticeship qualifications for officers is to show government officials pay reform is needed, the head of the NPCC says. Chief Constable Sara Thornton told the Home Affairs Select Committee today pressure from the Home Office and Treasury had helped bring about the changes. She was asked about the proposal in light of the recent Police Federation Conference – where no representatives at all backed the plans which had just been presented by the NPCC lead on the issue. At the conference, new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, a former Treasury minister, said he did not think all officers need degrees. At the committee CC Thornton outlined that she thinks extra qualifications will make policing more effective. But she added: “We need some workforce reform, partly because the workforce needs to be more effective. Partly because we need pay reform. “The suggestion has been made by officials that if we don’t move forward on both workforce reform and pay reform, from the Treasury perspective it doesn’t look like it’s a police service that is very committed to modernisation and making the most of what it’s got. “So there’s a political pressure that’s saying in 2025, or indeed 2018, do we want to have a workforce of officers that are more qualified and more skilled than they currently are? And I think the answer is ‘yes’ because that would better serve the public.” Plans for police degrees were first unveiled by the College of Policing in 2015, with the body having earlier been against the idea. Before that it had been implied in Tom Winsor’s 2012 review of police pay and conditions. Chiefs also want to reform pay to link it to specialist skills. An £18,000 proposed starter salary for apprentices was recently unveiled. Apprenticeships are currently the only planned way in which people without a degree will be able to join the service. National Crime Agency Director General Lynne Owens told MPs there has been a significant misunderstanding over the issue and she hears the anger at the suggestion every police officer would be required to have a degree. “That isn’t the proposal,” she said. Joan Donnelly from the Police Federation said at the association’s conference recently that she questions the legality of paying apprentices £18,000 a year for doing the same job as their colleagues, while they have to study for a degree at the same time as they train and carry out their probation. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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