Practice to Progress Launches Scholarship Programme with Motorola Solutions to Support Aspiring Police Officers

Tuesday, 13 July, 2021

Practice to Progress (P2P), an organisation focused on preparing candidates for the police recruitment process, has announced a new scholarship programme in partnership with Motorola Solutions U.K. to benefit applicants who aspire to join the police service.

The scholarship programme supports U.K. policing efforts to recruit diverse candidates who demonstrate a clear commitment to inclusivity and social justice.

Ten successful applicants will gain individual support from the Practice to Progress team of former senior police officers and staff, to prepare for the three exercises they need to pass at the College of Policing’s online assessment centre. The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 July 2021.

CEO and founder of Practice to Progress, Alan Baldwin, said: “The U.K. police force has launched a huge recruitment initiative to meet the Government’s uplift target of hiring 20,000 new officers by 2023. For many applicants with no previous experience of policing or job based assessments, this recruitment process can be overwhelming and challenging to prepare for.”

“Our goal is to support talented individuals from different backgrounds to enter the police profession and further promote equity and inclusion. Our team of experienced former police officers and highly-skilled non-service assessors help applicants to prepare for the demanding application process. In addition, we also work with police forces to support their recruitment efforts. The new scholarship programme with Motorola Solutions allows us to extend our services to more aspiring police officers and give them the best chance of success.”

"Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of our business, and this is reflected in how we support our customers and also the wider community. As police forces across the U.K. actively seek to recruit new officers, we look forward to supporting Practice to Progress to deliver a scholarship programme which helps more candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply," said Fergus Mayne, country manager and head of U.K. sales at Motorola Solutions.

The scholarship programme is open to any individual preparing to join the police service. Applicants need to visit the Practice to Progress website and provide a written or video submission explaining why they aspire to enter the police service and what skills, knowledge or real-life experience they can bring which will ensure it is a diverse and inclusive place to work.

A panel of representatives from P2P, Motorola Solutions and an independent assessor will review applicants submissions against the values set out in the College of Policing in the Competency and Values Framework and award the scholarships.

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