PCC to question Chief Constable on effectiveness of Sussex Police training

16/05/2019

WHAT:  Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 17 May at 13:00

WHERE: Watch in the archive here: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SusPolScrutiny

Training is a fundamental aspect of any organisation, aiming to ensure a safe and effective service. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services’ (HMICFRS) recent report into stalking and harassment highlighted training as an area of improvement for Sussex Police. Also, feedback from the PCC’s latest tranche of focus groups with BAME and LGBT networks, whilst acknowledging improvements made by Sussex Police, indicated that upgrading diversity training for frontline officers could improve how effectively they communicate with these communities.

In this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (Friday 17th May) with the Chief Constable, PCC Katy Bourne will scrutinise how Sussex Police monitors the effectiveness of its training procedures. She will ask about the criteria used to decide what training is delivered, how records are kept to show the level of training each police officer or staff member has received and how the Force ensures its training remains up to date and fit for purpose.

Where stalking is concerned, there were four national recommendations which came out of the inspection. The most immediate focus was placed on devising specific stalking training packages and a better defining tool for officers to recognise stalking cases so they can respond appropriately.

Mrs Bourne comments:

“Enhanced stalking training must be offered to the right people. It is important to recognise the level of knowledge that all contact centre staff and first line responders must have in this area, as initial contact by the victim is often the most important.

“It’s also necessary to look into the current tools available to officers. I support HMICFRS’ national recommendations for all Forces to implement a better risk assessment process to protect victims. Sussex Police and my office are currently working with the College of Policing to determine an appropriate model - using our FOUR acronym - that can be implemented nationally.

“Similarly, with diversity training I am keen to ensure that Sussex Police enables all officers and staff to interact with BAME and LGBT communities in a constructive way. This means showing commitment to a robust programme of diversity training which is regularly monitored and updated to reflect ongoing issues.”

Other topics under discussion at the PAM include:

  • POLICE OFFICER & PCSO RECRUITMENT UPDATE
  • NON EMERGENCY 101 CALL HANDLING TIMES
  • ONLINE REPORTING SYSTEM
  • PREVENTION YOUTH OFFICERS
  • ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
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