23 July 2018

Statement on the expiration of the initial police learning development programme (IPLDP)

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, CEO of the College of Policing, said:

“The Initial Police Learning Development Programme’s (IPLDP) accreditation is due to expire on 31st December 2019.

“In planning ahead of this date, consultation feedback from forces identified that the IPLDP curriculum (introduced in 2006) no longer met the requirements of modern day policing.

“The curriculum needed updating to meet modern requirements across response, community, and roads policing as well as investigation, intelligence and criminal justice. The role of constable is not only the foundation for policing, it is increasingly demanding. It requires officers to operate with a high degree of autonomy, solve complex problems, exercise personal judgement and apply their skills to a wide range of situations.

“IPLDP lacks content on vulnerability and digitally facilitated crime, which officers face to a growing extent. Skills such as problem solving and decision-making are dealt with only at a basic level.

“The new curriculum is being phased in ahead of IPLDP’s expiry to fill these gaps, and for the first time it ensures that officers’ wellbeing, vital to their resilience, is directly covered.

“A small number of forces have approached the College seeking a possible extension to the IPLDP deadline. We are working with them to understand the difficulties they face, offer support and explore their options.

“We are already supporting adoption of the new curriculum in some forces this year. Throughout the process, we will continue to engage with the service to discuss options, understand their impact and refine approaches to ensure we get the best possible outcomes, for policing and the public.”

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