Revised online training to help officers carry out effective interviews and support victims have recently been published by the College.
The two updated training packages - one on the skills and knowledge officers need when carrying out police interviews and another on changes to the Victims' Code - are now available.
The revised 'Investigative Interviewing' online training course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the principles around interviews for constables who are completing the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).
The course provides an overview of the communication skills officers will need, gives them a framework for investigative interviews and statement taking and provides examples of different interview styles.
Later sections of the training give officers a scenario so they can identify good practice around planning, conducting and evaluating witness and suspect interviews.
The 'Victims' Code' training package has also been refreshed and now includes real, live victim footage and a serving officer explaining the thought processes she went through when considering victim issues.
The online training also provides an overview of how special measures can be considered to support victims throughout the criminal justice service and gives examples of incidents where such measures have been used.
The training was updated following changes to the Victims' Code itself and new legislation being introduced.
Registered users are able to access the e-learning packages by logging on to the College of Policing Managed Learning Environment (MLE).