This free online course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.
Today, in our final contribution to CPD Week, you can read about the experience of one senior officer, Jane Birkett, from the National Crime Agency in being one of the Open University’s Senior Practitioner Research Fellows. These ‘pracademics’ as they are sometimes known, work alongside Open University academics for 3-6 months on a research project which contributes to the evidence base in an area of professional importance to them and their organization.
Today we highlight the importance of mentoring for supporting CPD. Part of our work this year has been to develop resources which help police professionals understand their role as a mentor and help develop skills and techniques for supporting the learning of the staff they mentor. Click on the Knowledge Exchange tab at the top of the Home page and find out more.
Today’s CPD activity highlights a new Open Educational Resource (OER) called Finding the Truth. This looks critically at the assumptions we make about the evidence gathered around three fictional crimes. This fun interactive is an example of the type of online CPD learning available from the Open University’s OpenLearn platform where all the short courses and learning resources can be accessed free. To see more click on the Learning tab at the top of the Home page. Enjoy!
Today’s CPD activity is an Evidence Café being held at Thames Valley Police. The subject of the Café is leadership and appropriately it will be led by Centre Director, Professor Jean Hartley, alongside our Evidence Café academic lead Dr Gill Clough. If you want to know more about Evidence Café’s, how they work, and how you can arrange one in your force/locality, click on the Knowledge Exchange tab above and look for Evidence Cafés. Click though to this page and you can view some of our past Café’s and read more about how you can set one up in your own force.
Welcome to CPD Week on our website. Each day this week we will highlight an aspect of our work which is contributing to continuing professional development in policing. Today we begin with this short article which explains a little about MOOCs and how they can be a useful way of engaging in professional development with the Open University. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course and this article, which will also be published later this week on College of Policing's 'What Works?' Website, explains more about how they work and how they relate to your CPD.
The College Bursary Scheme provides an opportunity for police officers and staff in forces in England and Wales to apply for funding to support a programme of higher education academic study. It supports police practitioners to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise in the use of research, to extend the reach of evidence based practice, and to contribute to their continuing professional development. Police practitioners can apply for up to £3,000 per year for up to two years of study, a maximum of £6,000 in total.
The Open University's Policing Research Consortium and our Centre for Policing Research and Learning were pleased to recruit to 5 Senior Practitioner Fellowships, linked to the research work of the Centre. The fellowship are on a 3-month fully funded secondment basis, which are open to applications from Centre partner organisations only. Policing professionals spend three months working shoulder-to-shoulder with academics on a defined research project.
Following the success of our PhD Studentship scheme last year (with four new part-time PhDs), the Consortium is now offering the opportunity for employees of the partnering police forces and agencies to apply for a part-time PhD studentship.