Mick Richards Llanfairwaterdine, Shropshire
SIR – The obsession with university degrees for everyone continues with the proposal by the College of Policing to extend this requirement to police recruits (report, Issue 1,281). Similar demands have already effectively destroyed what was a perfectly good system for training nurses. Police recruits need to have integrity, loyalty, courage and be physically robust; they must be smart, intelligent and have the desire to serve the community; but above all else, they must possess common sense. No such degree course exists. We need to return to traditional policing with policemen and women who can readily be admired and respected by those whom they serve.