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Apprenticeship training course

Non home office police officer (level 4)

Provide policing and or investigative activity.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Protective services
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Authorised Firearms Officer
  • Non Home Office Police Officer
  • Service Police Officer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Demonstrate effective communication in accordance with the varied needs of differing situations, individuals, groups and communities. Use own communication skills to manage planned and uncertain situations, and to persuade/lead others as needed.
  • Gather, handle and accurately assess information and intelligence from appropriate sources to support law enforcement and to maximise policing effectiveness.
  • Analyse all available information to make threat assessments and manage conflict situations in policing through leadership, and deal with a wide range of behaviours and incidents, taking personal accountability for the use of proportionate and justifiable responses and actions.
  • Analyse all available information to be able to assess the risks and threats posed by the situation to allow for the best possible outcome. In doing so use the national decision making model or equivalent to influence the thought process behind decisions and activity.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of authorised equipment, this may include but is not restricted to communications and personnel protection assets.
  • Demonstrate the correct use of health and safety procedures and demonstrate an understanding of individual responsibility.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of statutory powers and policy to manage suspects, victims and witnesses across various challenging situations, conducting all actions in a balanced, proportionate and justifiable manner. This may include but is not restricted to arrest and search.
  • Identify the appropriate situation to use authorised equipment, including communications and personnel protection assets and able to effect user maintenance or apply the procedures for the management of damaged or inoperable equipment.
  • Take measures to ensure that security, integrity and confidentiality of information is maintained, using appropriate policy and legislation concerned with the management of information.
  • Generate written submissions and reports. This will include the management and storage of such items and their disclosure when appropriate.
  • Provide an initial and ongoing response to incidents, which can be complex, confrontational and life- threatening, to bring about the best possible outcomes.
  • Provide an initial response to crime scenes, where encountered, that require the management and preservation of evidence and or exhibits.
  • Identify those individuals who are considered vulnerable and manage them in accordance with policy and legislation.
  • Provide support for victims and witnesses, inclusive of those who are deemed to be vulnerable, at policing incidents. This includes giving advice to identify and access sources of additional support (or accessing sources on behalf of individuals) and post-incident help, and where appropriate, delivering any necessary follow-up assistance.
  • Apply and promote the codes of ethics and values and standards in the delivery of all aspect of their duties.
  • Demonstrate working alongside partner organisations or as part of a multi-disciplinary team to improve, mitigate and solve community problems, issues or concerns. This my include, but is not restricted the provision of Crime Reduction advice.
  • Engage in community activity. This for example could include schools or community groups and maybe collaborative activity with other stakeholders such as law enforcement agencies.
  • Preserve and manage crime scenes whilst also developing forensic strategies to exploit evidential opportunities from available material.
  • Recover, manage and, where appropriate, dispose of evidence in accordance with policy and in line with statutory obligations.

Full information on Non home office police officer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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