DC4007 - Policing in Practice

What will I learn on this module?

This year long module begins with one week of officer personal safety training. Following this - from week 19 onwards - the module consists of an extended period of operational practice where you will be expected to apply in the workplace the knowledge and understanding gained from related modules. Your first supported patrol phase runs between weeks 19-28, with a second and third supported patrol phase running between weeks 29-45 and 46-52 respectively. During the operational phases you will demonstrate (under appropriate levels of supervision) some supported application and awareness of the competencies relating to the role of the police constable. During this period, you will be introduced to a range of operational experience and it is expected that you will achieve Independent Patrol Status (IPS) towards the end of level 4. Evidence presented in the OCP will be reviewed on a five weekly basis by the Assessor and constructed feedback given. Under the guidance and supervision of your Assessor, once you are satisfied that the evidence is sufficient you will submit it for summative assessment. It is expected that you will achieve Independent Patrol Status during the practice period. The achievement of IPS at level 4 provides a gateway to level 5. Please note, as this is a degree-based apprenticeship, before being confirmed as having achieved Independent Patrol Status the apprentice must have successfully completed all degree modules containing learning and development and professional practice linked to IPS

CoP PCDA curriculum learning outcomes (content): Week One – Personal Safety Training (PST)
Decision Making and Discretion:1.1-2.4; 3.1-3.2; 6.1-7.3 (3.1-3.2 light touch) Understanding the Police Constable Role: 7.1
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: 1.2-1.3; 2.1-2.3 Managing Conflict:1.1-10.5
Response Policing: 4.12-4.15

Practice Weeks

Understanding the Police Constable Role: 7.1-7.4 Valuing Difference and Inclusion: 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.3
Maintaining Professional Standards: 2.1-2.5; 3.1-3.5 Evidence Based Policing: 4.1-4.5
Problem Solving: 2.1-2.5
Decision Making and Discretion: 6.1-6.5 (7.1-7.3)

Communication Skills: 2.1-2.4 Wellbeing and Resilience: 1.1-1.6 Managing Conflict: 10.1-10.5 Vulnerability and Risk: 9.1-9.4 Public Protection: 4.1-4.2; 5.1-5.9
Victims and Witnesses: 3.1-3.5; 4.1-4.5; 6.1-6.7; 8.1-8.7
Criminal Justice: 4.1-4.3; 5.1-5.8; (6.1-6.3); 7.1-7.8; 9.1-9.4; 10.1-10.5; 11.1-11.6
Digital Policing: 6.1-6.6; 7.1-7.2
Counter Terrorism: 6.1-6.3; 7.1-7.5
Response Policing: 4.1-4.22; 5.1-5.3; 7.1-7.3; 8.1-8.15; 9.1-9.7
Policing Communities: 4.1-4.4
Policing the Roads: 5.1-5.2; 6.1-6.6; 7.1-7.7
Information and Intelligence: 2.1-2.2; 3.1-3.18
Conducting Investigations: 2.1-2.17; 3.1-3.15; 4.1-4.4; 5.1-5.6; 7.11; 7.13; 7.16; 7.18-7.20

The full CoP National Policing curriculum will be accessible to module tutors on the module Blackboard Site.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will primarily learn through placements and work-based learning; both involve learning that is derived from observing, reflecting, and doing a job of work and taking on a role in the workplace.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during Personal Safety Training, as well as during operational practice. All teaching and learning material relevant to the module will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects. Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback will help you to prepare for summative assessment.

To support you during phases of work-based learning you will be supported appropriately by your tutor constable and the wider police department within which you will be working. Tutor constables provide support and encouragement with regard to your work-related experiences so that you can further develop those skills and abilities that are essential in an effective operational police constable. Tutor
constables will assist you to develop professional abilities necessary to undertake independent workplace experience in the range of practical policing situations you would be expected to deal with competently as a police constable in order to achieve independent patrol status.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

IIntellectual/Professional skills & abilities:

1. You will demonstrate practical ability in developing skills necessary for the role of a police constable.
2. You will demonstrate the ability to achieve levels of competence required to undertake Independent Patrol Status relevant to the role of a police constable.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

3. You will understand the importance of professionalism in policing in line with the Durham Constabulary Force Vision and the Durham Difference, the delivery of a police service in local communities which will inspires confidence in their communities and victims by protecting neighbourhoods tackling criminals and solving problems.

How will I be assessed?

You will be summatively assessed on this module through three components.

Assessed Component One: Officer Safety Training Role Play Scenarios (Pass/Fail). MLO 1

- A number of practical role play scenarios over the course of the PST week. This assessment will be a pass or fail.

Assessed Component Two: PST Knowledge Check (Pass/Fail). MLO 1

- Online knowledge checks (via an MCQ online exam) which assesses knowledge and understanding in relation to Personal Safety Training. (Pass/Fail). Pass mark of 40%

Assessed Component Three: Achieving Independent Patrol Status – end course assessment. (Pass/Fail). MLO 1, 2, 3

Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback include:

• Knowledge checks
• Practice role play scenarios
• Ongoing feedback on performance during operational practice





Module abstract

This year long module introduces you to the PCDA programme, Durham Police, and the role and practice of a police constable. During your personal safety training you develop knowledge, understanding, and practical skills central to the police officer role. Training includes, though is not limited to: conflict management and communication skills; compliant handcuffing; limb restraint; conducting police searches; and custody skills. The module culminates in an extended period of operational practice where you apply, in the workplace, skills and knowledge learnt on
integrated year one modules. You demonstrate (under supervision) supported application and awareness of the competencies relating to the role of the police constable. You are expected to achieve Independent Patrol Status towards the end of the module.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Department Social Sciences

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start August 2022

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