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Training of new police officers was quick to move online at the beginning of the pandemic, but the PFEW has warned that some trainees haven’t had enough exposure to real-life policing incidents.

PFEW Professional Development Lead Dave Bamber was speaking at a session on police recruitment during the pandemic at the Federation’s Annual Conference. He also raised concerns that there are not enough tutors for all these new officers.

He said: “I’m reassured by the strategic intentions…but the issue comes down to implementation. Multiple students to one tutor is never right… We’ve heard about people receiving online training, but it’s not right that people haven’t had that exposure to policing.”

He called for a bigger drive from the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council to ensure that “every officer, in all 43 forces, has the same opportunity to develop”.

Date posted: July 3, 2021

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