Special Constabulary: training and learning programmes

From new recruits to senior officers, the College provides training programmes for the Special Constabulary.

Initial Learning for the Special Constabulary (IL4SC)

This programme derives from the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). It uses common learning outcomes where appropriate, and takes special constables to the point of safe and lawful accompanied patrol.

For more information, see our Learning and Development pages.

Special Constabulary Senior Leadership Programme

The College of Policing has worked closely with members of the Special Constabulary Strategy Board and stakeholders to develop and deliver a Senior Leadership Programme specifically for the Special Constabulary.

The programme enables delegates to establish a clear set of values, ethics and standards, while dealing with a range of differing and often competing demands. The key objective is to increase the capability of senior Special Constabulary leaders by giving them the skills and knowledge to support and influence their chief officer teams in relation to performance and value for money.

Programme content has been developed to meet the current and future needs of the service, and has been supported with consultation with Special Constabulary chief officers, ACPO and other senior police officers.

The programme is linked to the three key areas of the national Leadership Strategy for the police service:

  1. Executive policing skills
  2. Business policing skills
  3. Professional policing skills

Subsequent training and supervision

Forces are responsible for the ongoing training of their officers and for making training available for their special constables.

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