Lincolnshire Police compulsory degree judicial review denied

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The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police’s bid for a judicial review into a scheme that would force police officers to study for a three-year degree has been denied.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly has criticised the judge’s dismissal of the appeal “on a technicality”.

His appeal, backed by the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, demanded a review of the College of Policing’s plan to impose the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) on all forces.

This would mean that new recruits will either have a degree or agree to study for one once they are appointed.

They wanted to delay the implementation of PEQF until the summer of 2023.

“I wanted to give time for a legitimate evaluation of the new system being imposed across the country and for the results to be assessed and any adjustments made,” he said.

Today’s hearing considered when the College of Policing made its decision – it claimed it was November 2018 whilst Lincolnshire Police claimed it was May 2019.

Mr Skelly said he was disappointed: “We submitted a detailed challenge on the merits of the PEQF and the insufficient preparation that has been undertaken by the College of Policing.

“Unfortunately, the College chose to ignore the merits of our concerns and sought to strike out the legal case on a technicality.”

Mr Skelly said he was now considering whether further legal action should be taken forward.

“This remains a serious option for Lincolnshire Police as the impact of PEQF is so disastrous and means the effective removal of 40 frontline officers.

“This is a loss of police officers that cannot be afforded and it would create a harmful impact on policing in the county.”

Mr Skelly said he expected to be in a position to make a more detailed statement following the General Election.

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