Leadership training to make most of record police numbers

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Office minister Hazel Blears has announced a new police leadership programme to
boost the skills and careers of frontline officers.

The
Core Leadership Development Programme aims to help officers develop the skills
to rise more rapidly through the ranks, and will be available to constables and
staff up to and including the rank of sergeant.

The
Government hopes the scheme will boost staff retention, get the best people
into the top jobs and help to identify and create strong leaders.

Blears
said that the police force, which has a record 138,000 officers, needed to make
sure it made the most of its personnel.

"Frontline
officers remain the lynchpin of local policing and it is vital that we give
them the skills they need to build on strong links with communities, and enable
them to lead the way in improving respect for the law and encouraging community
engagement in policing," she said.

By Michael Millar

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