Civil Service Newsletter July 2014 Issus No.90
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Police training programmes acquire accreditation
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HONG Kong Police College, neither a tertiary institution nor a professional association though, is the first training organisation amongst all disciplined services and government departments to acquire the accreditation status to run professional training programmes under Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (QF) at Level 4 and Level 5.
 
 
 
Director of Hong Kong Police College, Mr Paul LAU (left), met representatives of Education Bureau and HKCAAVQ at the Oath of Office Ceremony.
Director of Hong Kong Police College, Mr Paul LAU (left), met representatives of Education Bureau and HKCAAVQ at the Oath of Office Ceremony.

 

“Established in 2006, Hong Kong Police College (HKPC) opened with the vision of becoming a leading centre of excellence in police training and development, with the mission of developing officers into police professionals with the highest ability and integrity to serve the community,” states Director of HKPC, Mr Paul Lau. “To achieve its mission, HKPC regularly reviews, updates and continuously improves its Recruit Police Constable (RPC) and Probationary Inspector (PI) training programmes with a view to meeting the needs of our society and the high expectation of the public.”

In July 2013, HKPC formed a working group and launched a major review of the syllabuses of the training programmes to further enhance learning outcomes. To guarantee the quality of the programmes, HKPC also sought vocational accreditation with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

The HKCAAVQ is an independent statutory body which provides quality assurance and assessment services to higher education institutions and other education and training institutions. The HKCAAVQ also provides advisory and consultancy services in education qualifications and standards to government departments and other organisations in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region.

In June 2014, the enhanced training programmes were successfully accredited by the HKCAAVQ. The RPC and PI will respectively receive the Professional Diploma in Policing and the Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management in Policing. The former is recognised as meeting the accreditation standards at Level 4 (at the same level of an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma of the academic sector) while the latter meets the standards at Level 5 (at the same level of a Bachelor Degree of the academic sector).

The key to continuous improvement

“To ensure the provision of quality recruit training, HKPC maintains an effective Quality Assurance Mechanism (QAM) which is designed to keep improving beyond our areas of excellence,” states the Chairperson of the working group cum Deputy Director of HKPC, Ms Shirley Chu Ming-po. “The QAM cycle consists of four crucial components, namely training needs analysis, programme design, programme delivery and programme evaluation. Regular QAM meetings are held to monitor implementation of quality assurance measures in training and development matters. This well-established and effective mechanism has laid a solid foundation for HKPC to attain vocational accreditation under the QF.”

 

Deputy Director of Hong Kong Police College, Ms Shirley CHU Ming-po, explained the Quality Assurance Mechanism.
Deputy Director of Hong Kong Police College, Ms Shirley CHU Ming-po, explained the Quality Assurance Mechanism.

 

Recruits of the accredited programmes underwent the Oath of Office Ceremony on August 8, 2014.
Recruits of the accredited programmes underwent the Oath of Office Ceremony on August 8, 2014.

 

 

    Enhancing outcomes

HKPC has proactively solicited comments and suggestions from graduates and their frontline supervisors at all levels during the major syllabus review. Moreover, by benchmarking the best overseas practices, HKPC has taken progressive steps to refine and enhance the programmes.

For the enhanced RPC training programme, HKPC has introduced highly relevant scenario-based training, for example, force tactics and testifying in court, to develop officers’ competencies.

In relation to the enhanced PI training programme, workplace attachment has been expanded to prepare the PI trainees to undertake frontline commander’s duties. Additional training in frontline case management, basic investigation and human resources management are also included. In light of the frequent direct contact with the public, training in crowd management and public order at major events have also been enhanced.

The enhanced training programmes have been optimised to enable the RPC and PI to meet frontline operational requirements through practical exercises and scenario-based training.

Successful accreditation not only enhances learning outcomes, but also facilitates lifelong learning for the new generation of police officers. The RPC training programme is articulated with one top-up degree programme of the Open University of Hong Kong. The RPC can claim 30 credits exemption in the Bachelor of Social Sciences in Law Enforcement and Security Management Programme. Besides, the PI training Programme is articulated with the Master of Leadership and Management (Policing and Security) Programme offered by the Charles Sturt University of Australia.

 

The HKCAAVQ assessment panel observed the Beat Incident Practical Assessment for Recruit Police Constable.
The HKCAAVQ assessment panel observed the Beat Incident Practical Assessment for Recruit Police Constable.

 

Weapons training staff explained tactics training to the HKCAAVQ panel members.
Weapons training staff explained tactics training to the HKCAAVQ panel members.

 

A new milestone

HKPC is the first training organisation amongst all disciplined services and government departments to acquire the QF Levels 4 and 5 accreditation status. This major milestone has reinforced the College’s commitment to developing recruits into police professionals with the highest ability and integrity to serve the community.

The Recruitment Section of the Police Force has also seized this opportunity to promote the accredited programmes so as to attract ideal candidates joining the Hong Kong Police Force.

In conclusion, Mr Paul Lau says, “The high standard of professional recruit training is reassured through the vocational accreditation by the HKCAAVQ, and the successful accreditation reaffirms HKPC as a centre of excellence in police training and development.”

 

The HKCAAVQ assessment panel observed the Beat Incident Practical Assessment for Recruit Police Constable.
Recruit Police Constables demonstrated tactics training to the panel members of the HKCAAVQ.