05 December 2019

Legal challenge around training for new officers rejected

The College has been involved in ongoing legal proceedings after a challenge by Lincolnshire Police regarding our work to update the existing training for new officers joining policing.

​After careful consideration of the grounds of the claim and evidence, the courts have today (Thursday, 5 December) refused permission for a Judicial Review for a second time. 

Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly, said: “We welcome the decision of the court today.

“While it is disappointing that Lincolnshire Police chose this course of action, it is important we now move forward to ensure that the public and new officers in Lincolnshire are able to join other areas of the country in benefiting from updated training.

“We want every officer to be properly prepared and recognised for the difficult job they do every day."

The new training for officers joining policing will be up and running in more than 30 police forces across England and Wales over the next year.

Officers are already undergoing the updated training in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, South Wales, Gwent, Dyfed-Powys, West Midlands, Northumbria, Avon and Somerset and Staffordshire.

The new course updates existing training introduced 13 years ago and better prepares officers for the demands placed on them. The programme now includes digital policing, vulnerability, disclosure, mental health and more and still requires police officers to have empathy, compassion and common sense. It is important to note that, while the training was independently assessed as being degree standard, you don't need a degree to join as a police constable.

The public expects police officers to be given the best training to protect them and we believe officers should be recognised for the complexity of the job they do.

We will continue to work with all forces to support the implementation of the new training.

Police officers and the public can find more information on our website.

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