Skills for Justice to consult on occupational standards

for Justice – the sector skills council (SSC) for the justice sector – has
launched a consultation on proposed national occupational standards for police
community support officers, scientific support and HM Customs and Excise law
enforcement officers.

occupational standards describe the level of performance an individual should
achieve to be assessed as competent in their role. They can be used in
recruitment and selection, and can also form the basis of a performance review.

SSC wants feedback from chief constables, heads of HR and training, and also
practitioners within the three work areas.

are a range of units under consultation for each role, covering skills such as
resolving community issues, presenting information in court, conducting major
investigations and examining the scene and collecting evidence.

consultation drafts, guidance and feedback questionnaire are now available on
the Skills for Justice website at,
or e-mail

By Michael Millar

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