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College recruits police expertise for new course

Nick Sharpling

A retired armed protection police sergeant who has worked on high-profile cases including the 7/7 London bombings is teaching a new course at Sunderland College.

Nick Sharpling served in the Metropolitan Police for 15 years where his roles ranged from anti-terrorism, protecting politicians and government ministers, to working in the Clubs and Vice Unit in Soho.

He has first-hand experience of dealing with London’s gang culture, and was deployed to many live firearms-related incidents throughout his career.

Nick is now bringing his vast experience of policing to Sunderland College where he will be launching a new course which prepares potential recruits for a career in the force.

The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) is a recognised qualification by the police and is one of the routes available to people who want to apply to forces such as Northumbria Police.

The part-time 20-week course will be delivered from the college’s Washington campus and will feature specialist teams from Northumbria Police as guest speakers.

Nick, who also served in Northumbria Police for five years before his retirement, said: “Policing can be a tough yet rewarding career that can present very different challenges every working day. It is essential that police officers have the right knowledge and preparation for policing our diverse communities in the 21st century. This course will cover all necessary aspects of modern policing, and prepare students fully for initial police training.”

The Level 3 CKP will give students a good understanding of policing and police law and demonstrates some of the critical decision-making skills that are required for the job.

It will cover ten mandatory units including arresting and detaining suspects, supporting victims and witnesses, interviewing victims and witnesses, and managing conflict.

The CKP not only prepares candidates for a career in the police service, but it is also a progression route towards achieving the Diploma in Policing – a requirement for all new police constables.

Heidi Lindsay, aged 23, will be one of the first people to study the course at Sunderland College. She said: “The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing looks absolutely fantastic and is a course which will help me on my career path to becoming a police officer. It will help me gain knowledge of the policing role as well as allowing me to have that extra foot in door when applying to the police.”

Chris Tubbrit, the college’s curriculum leader for sport and public services, said: “We are delighted to be able to run this course with the benefit to students that Northumbria Police is currently recruiting – they have placed a strong emphasis on applicants attaining this qualification before applying.

“We have planned guest speakers from the neighbourhood policing team and are delighted with our appointment of Nick Sharpling to deliver this course.”

The CKP course begins on Wednesday, January 21 and people who would like to register for the course are also invited to attend this induction session.  For more information or to apply, click here or call 0191 5116000.

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