New training for officers and staff being introduced during 2014

The next 12 months will see new and updated training packages coming into place for officers and police staff in England and Wales.

We'll use this newsletter to update you about what you can expect from us in future. Here's a flavour of what's coming:

  • The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or "Clare's Law" as it is more commonly known, will be in place across all police force areas in England and Wales from March. We are currently developing training which will be available to coincide with the national roll-out. The scheme gives members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquires about someone with whom they are in a relationship, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent towards their partner.
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders - a new power to help protect victims of domestic abuse - are introduced from March. The orders mean police and magistrates can put protection in place for a victim immediately after a domestic violence incident.

For both of these new powers, you will have access to our classroom training and e-learning. The new powers will be embedded in initial training for sergeants, inspectors, investigators and public protection officers.

  • The Anti-social Behaviour, Policing and Crime Bill is expected to be enacted this summer. It will make several changes, including the powers available to officers and staff to tackle anti-social behaviour. We are working on e-learning and classroom training that will help to make everyone familiar with the Act and its implications for frontline policing.
  • The new curriculum for custody training, which addresses the management of custody suites, has just been released for consultation. It examines custody issues in mental ill health, first aid, diversity and restraint training for all officers and staff who detain individuals under arrest. We will also be reviewing all training on mental ill health for policing.
  • Public protection training for first responders and investigators goes live on 12 February. It will cover child protection, child sexual exploitation, honour based violence, forced marriage, domestic abuse, stalking and harassment. Follow us on Twitter and look out for further publicity about the launch.
  • If you'd like to save yourself time and improve the standard of your prosecution case files for court, we've just updated our e-learning in the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT). In return for just over an hour of your time, you will learn how to take a standard approach to creating the files for straight forward guilty plea and not guilty plea cases for sentencing at Magistrates' Court. The training aims to give you more time to focus on frontline duties. The Director of Public Prosecutions Guidance and the National File Standard e-learning is now available at NCALT.
  • The UK Statistics Authority recently removed the National Statistics designation for police recorded crime, underlining the importance of accurate, ethical crime recording standards. We have already begun developing a national training and accreditation package for crime registrars which will be available by the autumn. We plan to create a register of national standard accredited crime registrars to show how those who record crime in police forces are committed to professional development and the highest standards.

Have you visited the National Policing Curriculum (NPC) yet?

For the first time, force training teams can now access this online tool which brings together all the most up to date training standards for policing in a single searchable database. 

The standards are broken down into 10 key areas of policing, including crime and investigation, leadership and public protection. You can now search the database according to your rank or role to see the relevant training standards to be effective in your role.

We've created a user guide to the database to help you navigate around easily.

Helen Schofield, the College's Head of Learning Strategy says: "Now officers and staff who find themselves involved in a particular case can quickly establish the best practice for dealing with it, while trainers have the best educational framework to educate officers.

"This will not only help police to prevent and detect crime, but it will also help officers to deal with victims by understanding the proven methods for dealing with particular incidents."

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