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The Academy delivers Designing out Crime qualification to 11 Police Forces

Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCO’s) representing eleven police forces are amongst the latest to undertake the accredited Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime, delivered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy.

All Fifteen Designing Out Crime Officers who undertook the accredited qualification in March 2021 are newly appointed DOCO’s who will 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 recent national delivery 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 that was delivered in March 2021 welcomed various guest speakers, including Superintendent Stephen Burns, the Staff Officer for CC Watson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead in Crime Prevention.

Superintendent, Stephen Burns said: “The role of the DOCO is a specialist role 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 with their knowledge and expertise will ensure they play a transformative role when back in force.”

The Head of Academy Guy Collyer said, “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 DOCO’s at the start of their careers to being able to secure inputs that help to empower DOCO’s in making others within the police aware of the role and its impact on reducing crime.”

The Police Crime Prevention Academy is an approved centre for the awarding body ProQual, and it 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. The Academy offers a range of accredited qualifications, courses and bespoke events, and prides itself in keeping the quality of qualifications at a premium and the costs at a minimum.

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 and development.

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