New training for roads policing officers

Comprehensive suite of training standards created for officers

 

Work is underway to professionalise roads policing across England and Wales.

By March this year the final elements of a comprehensive suite of learning standards on key areas of roads policing professional knowledge and practice will be available for national adoption and delivery.

The standards are aimed at all officers who police the roads including specialist roads policing officers.  The learning standards include a comprehensive revision of roads policing-related standards within Initial Learning, so student officers have a better awareness of important areas they will inevitably have to deal with on the roads. 

Specialist national learning standards have also been agreed and released which promote safe practice for all officers who operate on the strategic roads network.  The standards for police pursuit are designed to be used by control room operators, managers and pursuit officers and work has also commenced on a new e-learning package for police pursuits. All areas of fatal and serious collision investigation have also been addressed with new national learning standards developed.

The learning, which is evidence based and fully aligned to Authorised Professional Practice (APP), has been produced by the College of Policing in partnership with the ACPO Roads Policing Learning Project; Police Federation and following consultation with police forces in England and Wales, as well as key partners such as CPS, IPCC and road safety charities.  Areas covered within the standards will include: 

  • Policing the Strategic Roads Network
  • Police Pursuits
  • Investigating Serious Collisions
  • Leading Serious Collision Investigations
  • Forensic Collision Investigation
  • Roads Policing Family Liaison Officer
  • Reviewing Serious Collision Investigations

Project lead, Chief Inspector Carl Flynn, said: “These new and revised national learning standards will play a key role in professionalising roads policing by ensuring that all staff tasked with policing the roads have the requisite knowledge and understanding to do so, thereby enhancing the safety and security of all road users”.

Later this month the Association of Chief Police Officers will release its figures for the December 2014 drink and drug driving campaign.

We have published a What Works briefing which examines the use of patrols to prevent drink driving. The briefing was developed by our researchers to summarise the best available evidence in relation to the effects of increased police patrols on preventing drink driving and to highlight the implications for police policy and practice.

It revealed using police patrols to reduce drink driving has a ‘modestly favourable’ impact in reducing traffic collisions, fatalities and injuries. It also notes patrols are especially effective when supported with a media campaign to increase perception of the risk of being caught.

On 15th and 16th January the Police Federation is holding its Roads Policing Conference 2015 in Leicestershire. It will include an address by the National lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, and have sessions on the future challenges for drink and drug driving; foreign nationals; uninsured drivers and more.

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