Headlines: April 28th, 1999

Police training is likely to change radically following publication of a report on a six month study just completed. The study by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary found that forces were unable to break down training expenditure or to demonstrate its effectiveness. The problems highlighted include high drop out rates, weak training and human resource strategies and failure to develop distance learning. The cost of training is 400 million pounds per year and to deliver one day’s training to every police officer costs 28 million pounds.

The report recommends stringent measures to ensure that training is targeted at those who really need it and that it is delivered to common standards. It also encourages thinking about more innovative ways of delivering training. Forces are urged to co-operate with non police training providers and to establish distance learning centres with 24 hour access.

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