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Academy adds to distance learning portfolio

The Police Crime Prevention Academy has recently added to its portfolio of distance learning qualifications which can be achieved without the need to be away from home or work.

The Level 2 Award in Problem Solving for Practitioners is aimed at frontline Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers; Community Safety Teams, as well as Local Authority staff involved in Housing, Community Safety, the Management of Public Open Spaces, Reducing Anti-Social Behaviour and Licensing.

Problem solving for practitioners

The Academy’s distance learning qualifications allows delegates to undertake an accredited and nationally recognised Level 2 qualification without a classroom element whilst still providing access to appropriately qualified and occupationally competent tutors. The Academy provides learning materials and agrees an individually tailored action plan with each delegate to support them whilst they work towards achieving their chosen qualification.

Head of Academy Guy Collyer said: “In the current circumstances and going forward, it’s more important than ever that we provide a variety of ways to support as many people as possible in accessing the accredited qualifications offered by the Academy, which has the unique credentials of being the ProQual approved centre with the exclusive link to the Secured by Design initiative. We’re delighted at the take-up of the distance learning qualifications to date by delegates from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Distance learning qualifications currently offered by the Academy include:

• Understanding the PREVENT and Safeguarding Strategies - This qualification is relevant for police and partner agencies where individuals have a responsibility for identifying radicalisation and safeguarding issues in relation to vulnerable people

• Mental Health First Aid Awareness - This qualification is relevant for individuals working in all sectors and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of mental health issues 

• Site Security Awareness for visitor attractions and other public places - This qualification is relevant to anyone who works at visitor attractions or other public places. It assists individuals to understand the security culture of their organisation and the role they can play. This is particularly relevant with the Minister of State for Security at the Home Office, James Brokenshire MP, announcing plans in February to introduce a law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack

• Prevention of Extremism and Terrorism - This qualification is particularly relevant to the private security sector. It will educate guarding staff to identify early warnings regarding potential incidents, and the steps they can take to protect their site and assist future police investigations

• Problem Solving for Practitioners - This qualification is relevant for police and partner agencies where frontline officers and officials need to apply practical problem solving skills to local issues 

The Academy is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the police owned, non-profit, organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and police demand reduction initiatives. The Academy maintains close working links with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, as well as senior police officers from across the UK, and is the established supplier to the police service for crime prevention learning & development.

The Academy also delivers a number of qualifications to the private sector, working closely with local authorities and relevant specialists such as architects and planners, and recently launched a number of distance learning qualifications which can be achieved without the need to be away from home or work. The Academy pride itself in keeping the quality of qualifications at a premium and the costs at a minimum.

To register for one of the Academy’s distance learning courses visit: or contact