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Direct entry to police totally wrong I HAVE written a few letters in the past about direct entry into the police service by civilians and graduates without ever being a beat bobby. Of course there will be a segment of society who will be in favour of it and I respect their views. Regular readers will know I am completely against it, as it makes a mockery of current police officers, of whatever rank, who were required to undergo two years in uniform before they could become a detective to obtain the necessary skills and attributes as a solid foundation for their career.

Since 2014 the government has allowed direct entry for civilians at the rank of superintendents, followed by inspectors last year.

Now it appears if you want to be a detective you can skip being a uniformed beat bobby in the Metropolitan Police if you have a degree. There are certain conditions attached to it though.

It is mind-boggling to think after six months, "trainees will be allowed to solve burglaries, assaults and muggings". These graduates with degrees, after completion of one year's training, will go on to investigate rape cases. These so called whizzkids after two years "can apply to join the murder squad or even the elite counter terrorism squad".

I have nothing against graduates who can rightly claim they are good at passing examinations but it is a myth to assume they can be catapulted into jobs of importance without that essential two years on the beat. That should be a prerequisite and it will not be easy to earn respect and authority, no matter how high these graduates get up the ladder.

I have said it before and will say it again, it is a slap in the face to all police officers of whatever rank. We are all aware of the problems the police face and the number of officers leaving the service due to pressure and overwork but I don't think this change in direction will stem the flow of police officers leaving, in fact I see it as exacerbating the situation over time.

But let's hope I am wrong. M B, Sutton Coldfield

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Jun 9, 2017
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