Student Constables Police Constables undertake a scheme which is called the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).
The training programme involves training within your force area and allows officers to train within the local communities they will be serving.
Historically new officers were taken away from family and friends for weeks on end in residential’s to train to become police officers. Officers are now able to travel from home to training everyday.
Police training will start with class room based training which will cover the basis such as the history of the police and basic law.
Initial Training tends to be seven to tweleve weeks of class room based training. This will involve learning basic policing laws, police interviewing, statement taking and role plays.
Officer Safety Training (OST) is a active selfdefense and arrest technique training that ensures the force is confident you are able to defend yourself and arrest a suspect on the streets.
Once you have learnt the basics there may be a couple of exams you have to complete before moving onto the Community Training this is where you go out with a tutor cop to hand picked policing incidents take your classroom based training to the next level.
The community training will most likely start with attending sudden deaths, taking basic statements and attending anti-social incidents. Once you pick up the skills you then face the challenge of violence and disorder.
During this phase you will be learn all the elements of Neighbourhood Policing. The Home Office are pushing Neighbourhood Teams in a big way across the forces, all forces should now have a Neighbourhood Team in place. At the end of this you will be posted to a Neighbourhood Team to put into practice the skills you have developed during this phase. The length of this attachment varies from force to force, some are as little as two weeks, others can be up to five.
Duration: Anything up to ten weeks
The concept of intelligence led policing underpins all aspects of policing, from neighbourhood to major crime. The police could not function without intelligence, it is how we prevent, investigate and solve crime! Because of this UK Police Forces place a huge emphasis onto obtaining good quality intelligence that it can act upon. During this phase you will learn all about intelligence. How we collate it, how we assess it and how we act on it! This phase will normally include an attachment to an intelligence led unit to put your new skill into practice.
Duration: Anything up to seven weeks
A crime has taken place, now investigate further! Where do you start? This phase will teach you how to investigate crime. From the initial investigation through to interview and then on to preparing a case file for court. During this part of the course you will conduct mock interviews with “suspects” for offences. What kind of information should you disclose to the suspects legal representative, how do you interview someone? These are all things that you will learn during this phase. This phase will include an attachment to an crime investigation unit which can vary in time depending on the force. The unit you will be attached to can also depend. You could be attached to a prisoner handling unit, picking up prisoners who are arrested by response officers or you could be posted to a burglary unit squad investigating, arresting and interviewing suspected burglars. Gone are the days where there was just the CID who did pretty much everything investigation wise. Forces now have specialised units investigating certain offences (Burglary Unit, Car Crime Unit, Robbery Unit being just a few).
Duration: Anywhere up to seven weeks
The final phase in the initial training will be street skills (it could be referred to by a different name in your force). This will prepare you for your attachment to a response team, responding to incidents called in by the public. Classroom based learning will be followed by an attachment to a response team, responding to 999 emergency calls and other calls for assistance. This is the bit most people join the police for in all honesty! Blue light calls and uniformed patrol, after all its what you join for isn’t it?
Duration: Anywhere up to seven weeks
During your attachment phases you will be paired with an experienced officer who will be able to coach you and help you develop your new skills. These officers are called “Coaches”. You will not be left on your own during your attachments!
Threaded throughout all of the phases will be lessons on important pieces of law and police procedure.
Independent Patrol & Further Training
After these phases you should be at a stage where you are signed off for independent patrol. It is time for you to go out on the big bad streets on your own. But your learning doesn’t end there, in fact it is only just beginning!
You will attend other courses throughout your probationary period teaching you skills necessary to being a good copper! These can include further interview training, sexual offences training and court skills.
Professional Development Portfolio (PDP)
For the first two years you will be a probationary officer and will have to complete a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) to evidence your competencies in core elements of policing. Examples these core elements include “Responding to incidents”, Interviewing Suspects”, “Interviewing Witnesses” and “Crime Investigation”. There are a lot more competency areas that you will need to evidence (approximately 22 areas of policing) in order to be confirmed in rank of Constable once your two year period is up! You will be assigned an assessor from the Professional Development Unit (PDU) who will monitor your progress throughout your two year probationary period. They will assess your work and sign off your PDP competencies when they are satisfied that you have met the required standard.