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Astonishing stuff from Nick Adderley, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire.
He says graduates are the wrong kind of recruits to the police as they will not commit to working nights and weekends and are unwilling to face the violence that the job entails.
He was attacking plans to require all recruits to gain a degree before joining the force rather than the traditional training programme.
He believes the “very, very young workforce” who believe they are invincible will cause a perfect storm with the growing anti-police violence forces are now facing.
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Mr Adderley told how some new recruits had been taken aback by the violence the force deals with and had walked out of self-defence training.
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Some had told the force they didn’t realise that working weekends and nights was part of the job.
With more and more companies- from accountants to journalism- plumping for on-the-job training and turn away from graduates its disappointing that the police are going the other way.
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