Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs) representing eleven police forces are among the latest to undertake the accredited Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime delivered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy.
All 15 individuals who undertook the accredited qualification in March are newly-appointed DOCOs who will now be in a unique position to influence their managers and partner agencies in seeking sustainable reductions in crime and helping to make local communities safer.
Bedfordshire Police, Leicestershire Police, North Wales Police, South Wales Police, Surrey Police, Kent Police, Dorset Police, Avon and Somerset Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, West Midlands Police and the British Transport Police were all represented at the national delivery stage of the Level 5 Designing Out Crime qualification, which provides the learning and application that’s required for this specialist role.
The virtual classroom phase delivered last month welcomed various guest speakers, including Superintendent Stephen Burns (the staff officer for chief constable Stephen Watson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead on crime prevention).
Superintendent Burns said: “The role of the DOCO is a specialist one within policing which can significantly reduce vulnerability, demand and crime, making our communities safer not only today, but for generations to come. The enthusiasm shown by the participants underpinned by their knowledge and expertise will ensure they play a transformative role when back on duty.”
Empowerment for DOCOs
Guy Collyer, head of the Police Crime Prevention Academy, commented: “This national delivery of the Level 5 Designing Out Crime qualification was ground-breaking in many ways, from having the opportunity to support so many new DOCOs at the start of their careers through to being able to secure inputs that help to empower DOCOs in making others within the police service aware of their role and its positive impact on reducing crime.”
The Police Crime Prevention Academy is an approved centre for the awarding body ProQual and has the exclusive link with the Secured by Design initiative. The Academy is an established provider of training for police and partner agencies, offering national and local delivery with virtual and face-to-face learning. It delivers a range of accredited qualifications, courses and bespoke events, and also prides itself in keeping the quality of its qualifications at a premium and the costs to a minimum.
The Academy is part of PCPI, 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 and development.