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New PCDA cohort sworn in at attestation

February 7, 2019
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The force's second Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) cohort was sworn into their new roles at a special ceremony at the Civic Centre in Arnold on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

The event was overseen by Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber, as well as the new officers friends and family.

The pioneering group of new officers were invited to read their attestation sheets, receive their powers and sign their declaration of service.

The force is one of the early adopters of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), with both Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary starting the courses last year.

From 2020 the entry requirements to policing will change and all officers will be required to have a degree level qualification upon entry or through the apprenticeship route.

The Apprenticeship provides a new and exciting opportunity where successful applicants will be employed as Police Officers, but as well as their core officer training will work towards achieving a degree in Professional Policing Practice with the University of Derby.

As well as covering the core policing training as our officers, the apprentices will work towards their degree which will link wider knowledge to what they experience whilst doing the job.

To learn more about PCDAs please visit: https://goo.gl/dJqp9j

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