Police Education

Work as a police officer is complex, requiring continual updates to knowledge and expertise in many areas. Our Police Education is located in a multicultural urban area where the trainee police officers are well placed to learn about the complexity of their profession.

Police education at Södertörn University aims to increase knowledge of social diversity and combine academic studies with practical learning.

Work as a police officer is complex, requiring continual updates to knowledge and expertise in many areas, including fighting crime and increasing security. Meanwhile, social change is placing new demands on the police. Modern police education and training is necessary to meet these requirements and challenges, and to provide the relevant expertise.

Police education with an urban profile

Södertörn University’s campus in Stockholm gives aspiring police officers the best opportunities for success in their chosen profession. Police students are shaped in their professional role using the real challenges found in an urban environment.

Strong links between theory and practice

Police education includes theory and practice, which are integrated throughout the entire training programme. The theoretical component includes a number of different subject areas and is multidisciplinary. Södertörn University's research and education have high levels of social and contemporary relevance, so our students have access to specialist knowledge of the driving forces behind social development.

There are also many practical elements such as vehicle handling, lifesaving and first aid, weapons management and conflict resolution with self-defence.

More about the programme

The basic training programme covers five semesters. Semesters 1-5 are full-time study at the university, including one semester of traineeship at a police authority. This traineeship takes place in semesters 4 and 5. Once the entire programme is completed it is possible to apply for employment as a police officer.

The task of the police is to reduce crime and increase security. The aim of the basic training programme is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for its graduates to perform this task in the best way possible in a changing world. Police students must autonomously and critically analyse and solve problems, and search for and evaluate knowledge at an academic level. After the programme, students will be as prepared to investigate crime with a high degree of legal certainty as they are to meet the general public in everyday situations.

Programme focus

The programme uses problem-based learning and integrates a range of knowledge areas. One of the main ideas is that knowledge should be improved through reflection, analysis and independent review. Theory is combined with practice through exercises, skills training and field studies. Using their knowledge and the tools gained during their education, students should be able to work safely and confidently in the police force, as well as contributing to the development of the profession.