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Custody immersive learning package launched

Published on 6 September 2022
Innovative new training will help to improve safety for people in custody
3 mins read

We've launched a new immersive training package for custody sergeants and detention officers. The training will help to reduce the risk of death and adverse incidents in custody, such as injury, medical emergencies and assaults on staff.

Police custody is often where individuals end up as they enter or re-enter the criminal justice system. Policing has a duty to keep all people entering custody safe – particularly the most vulnerable in society – whatever their offence or reason for being there.

In the new training package, learners are immersed in a live custody environment alongside multi-agency partners. They are presented with real-life scenarios, dilemmas and decisions that affect the safety and wellbeing of detainees.

The training provides the skills, confidence and tools to keep everyone in police custody safe. It is available for all police forces in England and Wales to licence and deliver locally. 

My big hope for those that do the training is that they leave feeling that they've really been tested. They've really had to stop and really think, that they understand that their decisions and their actions have a direct impact on what happens in custody – and, importantly, the safety of those within custody – and a greater appreciation of their critical role in terms of safety and the running of the custody centre.

Deputy Chief Constable Nev Kemp QPM, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Custody Lead

Run the training in your force

We're inviting force custody leads and learning and development trainers to one of five 'train the trainer' events. Here you'll learn how to run the immersive learning sessions and train custody officers in your force.

The event dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday 4 October – Ryton (Hydra)
  • Tuesday 18 October – Ryton (classroom)
  • Tuesday 1 November – Harperley Hall (classroom)
  • Tuesday 13 December – Harperley Hall (Hydra)
  • Tuesday 31 January 2023 – Ryton (Hydra)

You can register your interest for an event using your email address. You'll then be contacted with more information about booking.

Register your interest

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