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“We recognise Crime Prevention is pivotal to demand reduction"

A second cohort of officers from Dyfed-Powys Police has completed the accredited Level 4 Certificate in Crime Prevention for Practitioners qualification, demonstrating the commitment of their force to ensuring access to specialist crime prevention across the force area in 2020.

Chief Inspector Mark McSweeney, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We are committed to investing not only in our Neighbourhood Policing Teams but also in our communities.

“We recognise Crime Prevention is pivotal to demand reduction and we intend to maximise this through the effective use of our specialist staff. Our Primary aim is to focus on identifying the root causes of problems within our area. This will allow us to connect with our communities, work smarter and embed preventative policing as our core functionality”.

Speaking on behalf of the Police Crime Prevention Academy (PCPA), the Head of Academy Guy Collyer said, “We were delighted to be approached by Dyfed-Powys to provide a second local delivery of the Level 4 crime prevention qualification, which underpins the knowledge and experience that already exists amongst the officers undertaking the qualification.

“We linked in with the force Designing Out Crime Officer and the Counter Terrorism Security Adviser to help ensure that content was bespoke for Dyfed-Powys Police, and also ensured input from the Police Digital Security Centre and from the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service.

“As an established provider of police training and the only ProQual approved centre with the exclusive link to Secured by Design, the Academy can deliver a UK recognised qualification that meets local needs at a competitive cost.”

Dyfed Powys cohort 2 WEB

The Level 4 crime prevention qualification is a qualification in its own right and also provides a stepping stone to the accredited Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime.

The PCPA has also developed and delivers qualifications and bespoke events for the private sector, works closely with local authorities as an APSE approved partner, and with relevant specialists including architects, with its RIBA approved presentation, and planners.

The Police Crime Prevention Academy (PCPA) is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), the police-owned 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’s qualifications have been developed as a result of an agreement between PCPI and the College of Policing, with the Academy assuming responsibility from the College of Policing for the running of crime prevention and designing out crime courses on behalf of the UK Police Service.

The Academy maintains close working links with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), as well as senior police officers from across the UK, and is the established supplier to the police service for crime prevention learning & development. As part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the Academy is affiliated with the Secured by Design (SBD) initiative, so is the leading expert in delivering Secured by Design standards and guidance.

The Academy has been delivering the nationally recognised generation of ProQual approved and OFQUAL accredited qualifications in crime prevention and designing out crime since September 2018, with its links to the Police Service ensuring that the qualifications are constantly adapted to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour.

In addition to being the established supplier of police training, the Academy also delivers a number of qualifications to the private sector and works closely with local authorities and relevant specialists such as architects and planners. The Academy is an APSE Approved Partner and provides the RIBA approved presentation as part of the recognised CPD for architects.

Further information about the range of accredited qualifications offered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy can be obtained by visiting or emailing: