Review of the learning requirement for police probationer training (2003-2004)

Contact: Saville Kushner, John Dwyfor Davies

Sponsor: Home Office

Review of the learning requirement for police probationer training: final report (PDF 88.3KB) add link from sharepoint

The development of a curriculum specification for police probationer training in England and Wales was part of the programme for the modernisation of policing, and the grounding of police probationer training in communities and neighbourhoods. It grew out of a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary which reported that probationer training was "unfit for purpose" to support 21st century policing. Professor Saville Kushner was invited to sit as Education Adviser on a Ministerial Working Party and subsequently competed for and won the contract in partnership with the University of East Anglia.

Two key elements of the review were (1) the democratic engagement of community in the design and provision of police probationer training, and (2) developing a practice-based approach to professional training and development. The review team were asked to pay special attention to diversity issues concerning policing and ethnic minority groups, gender issues and disability concerns, as well as work-based learning possibilities. The project used a deliberative democratic methodology embracing a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in broad ranging consultations and verification.

The final report was signed off by a Home Office Minister and is the required underpinning of police probationer training development - for example, it forms the platform for a number of UK universities offering Foundation Degrees in policing studies.

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