What has the College said?

Here is your round-up of what the College has said to the media in the last month

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary report

On 2 March HMIC published its report into police effectiveness and said it was raising a 'warning flag' as forces strive to cope with increased demand.
It was reported that 'Some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks.' (BBC).

College CEO, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, appeared on BBC News during a live and pre-recorded interview to remind the public of the challenges faced by officers and staff.

He said: "Police have had to become skilled detectives, whether or not they are, because we ask a lot from our frontline officers and a much greater awareness of all the other social services and connections with an individual.
"They've had to become broader public servants and don't forget they still make lots of arrests and still take people to court."

In responding to the report's findings of a shortage of qualified detectives and other investigators
David Tucker, Crime lead for the College, said:

"We are aware of the difficulties in recruiting officers and staff into investigative roles.
"We have been working with policing colleagues on a range of initiatives to increase investigative capacity. The issue is, however, more complex because the rapid increase in vulnerability related investigations has led to many more complex investigations that require more time and skills to resolve.
"Investigating these awful offences can also have significant impact on the welfare of officers and staff investigating them. We will work with the national policing lead to support our members in delivering the HMIC's recommendations."

Taser

Also on 2 March the Home Office authorised Taser X2 for use by police and a requirement to collect and publish detailed data on its use.

Richard Bennett, Uniformed Policing lead, said: "This equipment can offer frontline officers protection and assist them in de-escalating potentially dangerous situations.
"We will support officers with the most up to date training, research and information and the existing training will now be adapted to reflect the new model.
"The training package is one of longest and most comprehensive in the world. In addition, the information that forces have decided to collect and publish will reflect the difficult decisions officers often have to take to keep the public safe."

Points to note:
1. Every year officers who are issued with the equipment receive one day of refresher training and testing to ensure that their knowledge and skills are up to date.
2. Officers who are already trained on the existing device will receive two days of training to convert to the new one and to provide their annual refresher.
3. Officers who are being issued with a conducted energy device for the first time have to undertake three days of training with a pass/fail assessment.
4. The College has published national guidance on the police use of force and is available on the Authorised Professional Practice website.

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