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Officers from eight police forces undertake Level 4 Crime Prevention qualification

Officers from eight police forces across the country are amongst the latest to undertake the accredited Level 4 Certificate in Crime Prevention for Practitioners qualification delivered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy.

Durham Constabulary, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Northamptonshire Police, Leicestershire Police, Thames Valley Police, Dorset Police, Lincolnshire Police and West Midlands Police were all represented at the September 2020 national delivery of this specialist crime prevention qualification as the Academy returned to face to face delivery after the recent COVID-19 lockdown period.

Guy Collyer, Head of the Academy said: “The Academy is delighted to be in a position for facilitating face to face delivery with delegates again whilst maintaining stringent safety measures to keep delegates and trainers safe. Requests for classroom-based learning that’s delivered locally continue to be provided by the Academy but to meet changing needs, we’ll also be offering the option for virtual delivery of accredited qualifications and bespoke events.”

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The Level 4 certificate in Crime Prevention for Practitioners qualification is relevant for those who’ll provide specialist crime specialist advice within their role. The content of the qualification includes the role of crime prevention in the community based on a problem-solving approach; evaluating the use of security products in crime prevention; conducting residential and commercial surveys; working in partnership to undertake an Environmental Visual Audit; and running a crime prevention initiative. The Level 4 qualification also provides a stepping stone to the Academy’s Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime.  

Further information about the range of qualifications offered by the Academy can be obtained by visiting or emailing

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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 is an established provider of police training, and is the ProQual approved centre with the exclusive link to the Secured by Design initiative.

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.