Police officer training changes aim to reduce bureaucracy

The Police Service is set to reduce the amount of externally accredited officer training to stamp out bureaucracy.

Wendy Walker, chair of the central authority which governs initial police training, has proposed a number of tweaks to the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), identified in the Flanagan Report as being too process-driven. The changes will help cut down on red tap and paperwork in police officer training, according to Walker.

The proposals include reducing the number of externally accredited occupational standards from 22 to 10, and removing the duplication of assessment.

Walker, IPLDP Central Authority chair and assistant chief constable at the Lancashire force, said: “The new proposals remove the majority of the externally accredited assessment, and it is this assessment that created the unnecessary bureaucracy. By removing over-assessment, we are able to focus on key standards of initial training and reduce the associated paperwork and bureaucracy.”

The National Policing Improvement Agency is working with the IPLDP body to introduce the new programme by early 2010.

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