In episode three of Inside policing, Rob Flanagan invites four guests from across the service to explore the question, 'What makes a good cop?'.
Louise Hodgson, head of workforce development at the College, explains that there's no such thing as the perfect police officer candidate.
They don’t have to come as a finished product. What we look for is that they can demonstrate the behaviours and values that make for effective performance as an officer in role.
Louise Hodgson, College of Policing
Sergeant Richard Horton describes the level of knowledge he would expect from somebody joining his team straight from the classroom.
I would expect a decent basic legal knowledge. I think on response, it’s fair to say you are dealing with probably the same 30 offences over and over and over again. I would expect them to go through the tutor con process and to be comfortable with working by themselves.
Sergeant Richard Horton, Lancashire Police
Police Constable Michelle Wright also shares her own insight about what took her by surprise when joining the police service.
The two things that have really struck me is, firstly, the amount of time that we spend dealing with people in mental health crisis. Secondly is the amount of administration work, reporting back in, the care plans, the one to eights that we have to put in.
PC Michelle Wright, Greater Manchester Police
Finally, Marcus Griffiths – Policing Standards Manager for Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards at the College of Policing – comments on the role of the College when someone's ethics fall short of what we expect as a policing organisation.
The College has produced support material to support forces in delivering reflective practice, which is really crucial in maintaining public confidence and ensuring the standards we expect in policing are adhered to.
Marcus Griffiths, College of Policing
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- 00:44 New entry requirements
- 00:45 Fast Track
- 01:13 Sergeant Richard Horton, Lancashire Police
- 02:35 Super recognisers have a special ability to recognise faces
- 02:39 Intel – intelligence
- 02:40 Football spotting Football spotter
- 02:43 Public order
- 02:51 DV – domestic violence
- 03:18 Response
- 03:27 Tutor con – tutor constable
- 03:47 Lawful use of coercive force
- 03:59 Weapons and equipment, PAVA, Taser, Baton
- 05:41 Officer and staff safety
- 05:47 Operation Hampshire
- 05:50 National Police Wellbeing Service
- 06:57 PDR – professional development review
- 19:20 Professional standards
- 20:52 Police Constable Michelle Wright, Greater Manchester Police
- 22:42 Senior investigating officer
- 24:10 Personal safety training
- 25:05 Mental health policing
- 25:26 Safeguarding, including eight steps to making safeguarding personal
- 26:14 CID – criminal investigation department
- 26:29 Police action checklist – policing actions that must be demonstrated to achieve independent patrol status
- 29:05 Communication, engaging communities
- 29:56 Collection and recording, Obtaining initial accounts
- 32:53 Marcus Griffiths, Policing Standards Manager, Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards
- 33:51 Ethics, Code of Ethics
- 35:15 Schedule 2 Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020
- 36:36 National decision model
- 38:12 Guidance on outcomes of misconduct proceedings
- 38:46 Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020
- 39:01 Resources for reflective practice
- 41:40 Louise Hodgson, Head of Workforce Development, College of Policing
- 43:05 Competency and values framework (CVF)
- 45:40 Assessment process
- 47:12 Initial training for police constables
- 48:38 Recognition of prior experience and learning
- 51:06 Evidence-based policing, research support
- 53:25 Building the evidence base for effective tutoring of police recruits