Designing Out Crime - Level 5 Diploma

The term ‘Designing Out Crime’ has been a discipline within the UK Police Service for over 30 years and the principles behind it have been proven successful time and time again. Delegates attending this course should have a background/current role in Crime Prevention, Architecture or Planning.

Delegates will discuss relevant topics with practitioners and professionals as well as learning how to read plans and drawings for new developments. Throughout the second week, delegates will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice in a scenario.


Ten days (two separate weeks) residential classroom-based learning plus completion of a preliminary handbook and submission of an assessed post-course portfolio.

Qualification Content:

Understanding the principles of an evidence based preventative approach to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour; understanding the concept of designing out crime through the application of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design); understanding the design phase in relation to the built environment; understanding the role of the planning system in relation to the built environment; applying designing out crime to the built environment.

There is an additional unit which candidates working in the role of a Police Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO) will also be assessed on. This includes: Understanding the role of Secured by Design (SBD) in the design process; understanding the purpose of testing and certification of security products; understanding the use of other schemes to improve security in the built environment.

Relevant for:

Those who will be involved in a specialist Designing Out Crime role within the Police; related roles such as Local Authority planners; architects and designers; security specialists within organisations.


The next national delivery will include classroom phases scheduled for 3rd -7th February 2020 (Week One) and 2nd - 6th March 2020 (Week Two).

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