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A police force is taking unprecedented legal action in an attempt to stop a controversial policy that says all new recruits must have a degree.
Cash-strapped Lincolnshire Police said the degree rule would lead to a drop in the number of officers on front-line duties – because they would be in the classroom.
£10 - Challenge - Scheme - College - Policing
It is now launching a £10,000 legal challenge. Under the scheme set by the College of Policing, from next year trainee constables will have to have a degree-level qualification by the time they complete their probation or they will not qualify.
The changes are designed to increase professionalism amid concerns officers are not equipped to deal with the increasing number of complex offences, such as online fraud, cyber crime and child exploitation.
Critics - Skills - Job
But critics argue skills are better learnt on the job.
Lincolnshire Chief Constable Bill Skelly is seeking a judicial review as he claims the changes would mean there could be 40 fewer officers on the beat – roughly a 10 per cent cut.
Study - Time - Recruitment - Programme
He said study time would be significantly increased compared to the current recruitment programme and there would...
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