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  1. Judicial Review dismissed on a technicality relating to timing of announcement of training change. Date - 9th December 2019 By - Gary Mason The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Bill Skelly has been denied a full judicial review of the College of Policing’s plan to impose the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) on all forces which means that new recruits will either have a degree or agree to study for one once they are appointed. With the full support of Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, Mr Skelly had asked for a Judicial Review for a stay of implementation of PEQF until the summer of 2023. “I wanted to give time for a legitimate evaluation of the new system being imposed across the country and for the results to be assessed and any adjustments made,” he said. Last week’s court hearing considered when the College of Policing made its decision – it claimed it was November 2018 whilst Lincolnshire Police claimed it was May 2019. Mr Skelly said he was disappointed that the judge had allowed the judicial review to be dismissed on a technicality related to timing. “We submitted a detailed challenge on the merits of the PEQF and the insufficient preparation that has been undertaken by the College of Policing,” he said. “Unfortunately, the College chose to ignore the merits of our concerns and sought to strike out the legal case on a technicality.” Mr Skelly said he was now considering whether further legal action should be taken forward. “This remains a serious option for Lincolnshire Police as the impact of PEQF is so disastrous and means the effective removal of 40 frontline officers. This is a loss of police officers that cannot be afforded and it would create a harmful impact on policing in the county.” Mr Skelly said he expected to be in a position to make a more detailed statement following the General Election. The College of Policing said it was pleased the courts had denied a Judicial Review on the major training change for a second time. Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly, said: “We welcome the decision of the court today. “While it is disappointing that Lincolnshire Police chose this course of action, it is important we now move forward to ensure that the public and new officers in Lincolnshire are able to join other areas of the country in benefiting from updated training. “We want every officer to be properly prepared and recognised for the difficult job they do every day." The new training for officers joining policing will be up and running in more than 30 police forces across England and Wales over the next year. Officers are already undergoing the updated training in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, South Wales, Gwent, Dyfed-Powys, West Midlands, Northumbria, Avon and Somerset and Staffordshire. The College says the new course updates existing training introduced 13 years ago and better prepares officers for the demands placed on them. The programme now includes digital policing, vulnerability, disclosure, mental health and still requires police officers to have empathy, compassion and common sense. View On Police Oracle
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