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DOCOs do crime prevention diploma

Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs) from some 11 police forces are among the latest to undertake the accredited Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention – Designing Out Crime, delivered by the Police Crime Prevention Academy.

All 15 DOCOs who took the accredited qualification in March are newly appointed DOCOs whose work is to influence their managers and partner agencies in seeking sustainable reductions in crime and helping to make local communities safer. They came from Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, North Wales, South Wales, Surrey, Kent, Dorset, Avon and Somerset, Cambridgeshire, West Midlands and British Transport Police.

The virtual classroom in March heard from guest speakers, including Supt Stephen Burns, the staff officer for South Yorkshire Chief Constable Stephen Watson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Lead in Crime Prevention.

Supt Stephen Burns said: “The role of the DOCO is a specialist role within policing which can significantly reduce vulnerability, demand, and crime, making our communities safer not only today but for generations to come. The enthusiasm shown by the participants underpinned with their knowledge and expertise will ensure they play a transformative role when back in force.”

And the Head of Academy Guy Collyer said: “This national delivery of the Level 5 Designing Out Crime qualification was ground-breaking in many ways – from having the opportunity to support so many new DOCOs at the start of their careers to being able to secure inputs that help to empower DOCOs in making others within the police aware of the role and its impact on reducing crime.”

About the Police Crime Prevention Academy

It’s an approved centre for the awarding body ProQual. It’s part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the police owned, non-profit body that works on behalf of the UK police on crime prevention and police demand reduction schemes, such as Secured by Design. Visit


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