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  1. New Police Now programme is still under development. A Police Now PC giving a presentation at a 2017 event Date - 10th September 2018 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle 6 Comments Forces will be offered the chance to join a new Police Now detective training programme within the next two months, a director has said. The Home Office announced in June that it had granted £350,000 to the charity to develop a programme which would members of the public into detectives in 12 weeks. But Police Oracle quickly established that the 12-week timescale was an aspiration and not actually a firm plan. Police Now programme director Kurtis Christoforides has now told this website that forces will be offered an initial version of the scheme in around six weeks’ time. And he hopes the first wannabe detectives will be put on it towards the end of 2019. The scheme will be based on the existing work done under Police Now’s graduate scheme for constables, where recruits have six-weeks of intensive training before a 28-day immersion their force before becoming independent neighbourhood officers. They complete a two-year probation period while preparing evidence based policing reports for their peers. But Mr Christoforides said: “We run a fast tempo and an intensive compressed academy around that. Our starting point is we will bring some of those things to the detective space, hence the original 12-week suggestion. It’s all still in the development.” The proposals it comes up with will be subject to feedback from forces which may see them adapted, he said, and it is not yet known how much, if any, time the recruits will serve in uniform. “I’d be hesitant to describe what we’re doing as fast track detectives because the exact structure of how that piece will work is not yet finalised. For instance you’ve got the Met direct entry detective programme where one is a detective pretty much from day one, you’ve got the detective pathway [elsewhere] where perhaps you spend a year in uniform, two years on other things,” he said. “We need to decide in conjunction with forces what does that look like for our programme, for example what level of exposure will be necessary to understand the different parts of policing as well as the investigative space.” He added that the plans include working within the existing framework of National Investigators’ Exams but that the uniform Police Now programme consists of numerous bespoke exams and tests, so the new scheme will likely be similar. It will not be compulsory for any force to adopt the new scheme, the Home Office said. View On Police Oracle
  2. Researchers say it is too early to draw conclusions, despite previous study commissioned by organisation running it. A discussion at a Police Now summer event last year An evaluation of a well-funded police graduate scheme has found it has no significant impact on public confidence. Last year, survey results published by Police Now found a 17 per cent increase in confidence in police among young people in wards where the high-flying graduates are posted. But a two-year evaluation by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) found that overall there has been no real change. While some measures, such as how good a job young people thought the police are doing, showed an increase, the study found larger rises in other questions of public confidence among young people in Met Police wards not served by a Police Now graduate. The report says: “Across the total number of respondents, there was no compelling change in public confidence or perceptions of the police for the Police Now wards in the first year of the programme. “Generally, the trends within Police Now and comparison wards paralleled one another.” It adds that while this could be possible in time, “cause and effect” statements should not be made on it. Elsewhere, participants told researchers that while the scheme’s intensive training programme is good, fewer than half felt prepared to begin their roles as police officers after the six weeks were up. But they noted: “Confidence and preparedness also appeared to be an issue for recruits who joined via the traditional MPS entry route, suggesting it is not a problem unique to the Police Now officers but a wider issue for policing training.” Overall satisfaction with the programme was high among those taking part. David Spencer, CEO and co-founder of Police Now, said: “Policing is a high intensity and tough career. We shouldn’t hide that from new police recruits and our training is designed to reflect this simple fact. “In the recent analysis by MOPAC the majority of our participants (89 per cent) say they were highly satisfied with the training, 96 per cent would recommend the programme to friends and all agreed the Summer Academy was a positive learning environment.” He said that working with MOPAC has enabled the programme to develop as it is being rolled out. View On Police Oracle
  3. Police Now to hold conference today. Participants in a previous Police Now class Confidence in the police has increased by 17 per cent among young people in communities that have a neighbourhood police officer recruited and trained through the Police Now scheme. A survey commissioned by the charity in areas it operates found: a 10 pc increase in young people’s perceptions of how fairly the police treat people; a 13 pc increase in how helpful they are; an 11 pc increase in how friendly and approachable they are; a 10 pc increase of how good an understanding they have of key community issues. Independent survey data for Police Now and comparison wards was compared for the year prior to the posting of Police Now officers, against their first 15 months after training. Around 7,000 people were questioned in total, including around 1,000 youngsters. Police Now, which puts graduates into demanding neighbourhood policing roles, was established as an independent charity by the Met Police in August 2015. It is now a partner of almost half of forces in England and Wales, with more than 200 new officers being placed into wards in deprived communities this summer. At a conference organised by the charity today, Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick will say: “Police Now has been an enormously successful way to bring different people into policing. The people in the places that Police Now participants are working are not just more confident in the police but more trusting of each other.” Home Secretary Amber Rudd says in a report on the programme: “Through Police Now, officers and their local partners are changing the face of community policing in some of the country’s toughest neighbourhoods whilst strengthening the historic British principle of policing by consent. “Police Now continues to develop fresh approaches to police training and leadership development and is having a broader impact on the development of policing as a profession.” David Spencer, chief executive and co-founder of the initiative, said: “Police Now is bringing the best graduates into policing - our participants are changing lives and have an unparalleled opportunity to develop their leadership and problem-solving skills on the policing frontline. "We are incredibly proud of what our participants have achieved over the last two years.” Applications for the next round of Police Now open later this year. Red Snapper Learning, which shares a parent company with Police Oracle, is delivering some of the training for participants in this year’s programme. View on Police Oracle

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