As part of a long-term partnership with Cheshire Constabulary, a new programme in Criminal Investigation was launched at the University of Chester’s Warrington campus this week.
Designed for police officers who wish to specialise in crime and work in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the first cohort of 15 students was welcomed onto the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Investigation by Phil Thompson, Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, and David Balsamo, Dean of Social Science.
The programme, which takes a year to complete, involves modules in the investigative interviewing of witnesses, victims and suspects, the principles and practice of investigations, and a placement within a relevant Division of Cheshire Police. Teaching will include real-time simulations of investigations.
David Balsamo, Dean of Social Science, said: “This programme further strengthens the University’s collaborative partnership with Cheshire Police. Both parties have been fully involved in its development, and this is an excellent example of partnership in action between higher education and a major local organisation.”
The programme builds on the Foundation Degree in Policing, which was established earlier this year and trains every new officer that the Constabulary recruits, and is part of the Force’s drive to enhance the educational experience and qualifications of its officers.
Mr Thompson added: "The Constabulary's partnership with the University of Chester is going from strength to strength with the launch of the new programme. The force is intent upon making its training professional and ensuring recognisable and quantifiable rigour is embedded in all its training.
“The year-long training programme will underpin the lifelong learning and accreditation of all our officers, and can only be to the benefit of those we serve."
This is the first programme to be launched by the University in the field of Investigation. Next year, a BSc in Policing with Criminal Investigation will commence, and other courses in interviewing and investigation are being developed, which will appeal not just to police officers, but also to those required to use such skills in their jobs, such as Trading Standards officials, Customs and Excise staff, and local government workers.