New National Training Programme Stimulates Transfer to Police College

From next year senior secondary vocational education students interested in the police profession can follow a new national transfer programme that enables them to complete their studies at the Police College a year sooner. The new programme will start in September at seven ROCs (regional training centres) and will also be offered to other training centres in the years to come.

Minister of Security and Justice Opstelten signed a national education arrangement for this purpose today at the ROC Zadkine in Rotterdam, together with the Secondary Vocational Education Council, the Police College, the Regional Police Force Managers' Consultative Body and the Public Safety Sector Council. The Ministry of Security and Justice and the ECABO knowledge centre have initiated the new transfer programme, substantiating the cooperation between police training and mainstream education at a national level.

An internship with the police is also part of the training, which enables students to assess whether the police profession is really suitable for them. The transfer programme may also reduce the chances of students dropping out during the training. If a senior secondary vocational education student wants to participate in the transfer programme his or her ROC must offer the HTV-training (Supervision and Safety Enforcer) with additional subjects aimed at the police profession. The training period is two to three years. Students who successfully complete this new HTV police training will be granted a one-year exemption from the level 3 or 4 training at the Police College. Students with the HTV police diploma can move on to the Police College, if they have passed the police selection procedure.

The HTV Police transfer programme has been developed by the Police College in cooperation with regional police forces, the ECABO knowledge centre, the ROCs and the Ministry of Security and Justice. For the implementation of the transfer programme the ROC cooperates with one or more regional police forces. Together they must make agreements about the number of students, the starting date, information and recruitment & selection. One of the requirements is that students are offered the opportunity to do an internship with the police.

During the meeting at the ROC Zadkine five regional agreements have also been concluded between police forces, the Police Academy, the ECABO knowledge institute and the ROCs that will start the transfer programme in September. This concerns the Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Haaglanden, Utrecht, Friesland and IJsselland police forces. They will conclude the agreements with the ROCs Zadkine, Mondriaan, ASA and Midden Nederland, Friese Poort and Landstede.

In these agreements the parties have agreed on a total of 210 internship placements for the 2011-2012 study year.