New generation of crime prevention courses to begin in September

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A new generation of externally accredited and development qualifications in crime prevention and designing out crime are being launched

The crime prevention courses are for Police Forces, Local Authority departments, Community Safety Partnerships and other organisations seeking to deliver safer communities.

The qualifications are being provided by the UK’s newly established Police Crime Prevention Academy, which has become an Approved Centre for the awarding body, Proqual, and is able to deliver Ofqual regulated qualifications.

The crime prevention courses start in September 2018 – just a year after Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, which trades as Secured by Design, took responsibility from the College of Policing for the running of crime prevention and designing out crime courses in the UK.

The qualifications will provide structured learning opportunities for other public sector organisations, including Fire and Rescue, Health and Probation services. They are also available and relevant to private sector businesses involved in delivering safer communities, such as security staff and managers, retail staff, architects, design students and many others.

The first course is a Level 4 Certificate in Crime Prevention. It is available from 3-14 September. It is suitable for Local Authorities, security and safety specialists and Community Safety Partnerships as well as Crime Prevention Officers or similar, who have crime prevention, harm reduction or vulnerable victim protection as their specialism.

A Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime is scheduled for 29 October. It is relevant for Local Authority planners, architects and designers as well as experienced Designing Out Crime Officers, or officers who specialise in crime prevention, harm reduction or vulnerable victim protection.

Guy Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, Secured by Design, said these qualifications have been designed to encompass the learning and development needs of both the public and private sectors to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques and measures to reduce crime and deliver safer communities.

“Employers are increasingly only willing to invest in learning and development that provides a formally recognised and portable qualification for those attending and adds value to the organisation,” he explained.

Courses are available throughout the year and can be delivered locally if required.

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