Hampshire Police Federation reacts to news that all police officers must have a degree
Chairman John Apter: "To say that only people with degrees can become police officers will create barriers and appear elitist"
Reacting to the news that all police officers will need degrees to join the job, Hampshire Police Federation Chairman John Apter said: "I fully support continuous development with credible training offered to all officers.
"This must be standard across the country.
"However the drive to ensure all officers must have a degree undermines those who don't hold such qualifications but have proven themselves to be exceptional police officers.
"The police service must truly represents the communities it serves, that means having a mixture of people from various backgrounds. To say that only people with degrees can become police officers will create barriers and appear elitist.
"The role of a police officer requires many skills. Emotional intelligence, compassion and common sense are not qualities taught in a classroom but essential for a police officer. We must ensure those skills not recognised with a degree are not ignored, if they are this will be to the detriment of policing.
"Professionalising the service can be done in many ways, undermining and sidelining those without degrees is not the way to do it."