**Why study this course?** This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of the role of the modern police service and is designed to equip you with both a practical and strategic insight into the demanding and complex landscape policing operates in. The degree will enable you to attain the equivalent of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing and gain the experience as a special constable that is currently required as a prerequisite to join the police service. **More about this course** Policing in the UK is undergoing some of the most radical changes since Sir Robert Peel first launched the Metropolitan Police in 1829. The challenges that the modern day policing practitioner faces are often high risk and fast moving in a context of increasing accountability. There’s now a strong professional commitment at a senior level which openly encourages policing practitioners, both serving and potential, to develop to degree level. Building upon both practical and theoretical insights, the course will develop you across a wide range policing contexts, and encourage critical and analytical thinking whilst preparing you for a role in twenty-first century policing. Lecturers on this degree have had significant experience in working in the police service, are distinguished academics, and are engaged in important research links to police practice. We have strong links with the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.