Police training

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As a new recruit to Northumbria Police and Durham Constabulary, you, the 'student officer', are required to successfully complete the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), a two-year programme of learning and development, to equip you to perform the demanding role of a police officer. The two-year IPLDP consists of four phases:
Phase 1 Induction. This three-week phase includes a two day induction to your respective force followed by training delivered at the North East Centre For Policing Skills (NECPS) premises at Durham.

During this time, student officers undertake conflict resolution, personal safety training, first aid training, Airwaves radio training and preparation for Phase 2.
Training book

Phase 2 Community. This three week phase allows you to learn about your obligations in respect of diversity, Freedom of Information and Data Protection. It also gives an opportunity for direct engagement with community groups, including hard to reach groups, and the police officers and policing strategies in the area where you will be working.

Some of the training is based at the NECPS and some within operational policing areas. You are also introduced to the assessment process which documents your development and the developmental evidence you are required to collect and present.
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Phase 3 Classroom and tutor phase. This phase lasts for 23 weeks and consists of 13 weeks in the classroom learning law and procedure, dealing with supervised simulated incidents (often in a public environment) and 10 weeks operational patrol, accompanied by experienced and specially trained police officers.

Although total times within this phase are the same for both Northumbria Police and Durham Constabulary they are sequenced differently to reflect the different requirements of each force.
Phase 4 Independent patrol. Successful completion and assessment of Phases 1, 2 and 3 will allow you to achieve the status of 'independent patrol'. At this point you have proved that your knowledge, experience and critical judgement allows you to deal with most of the more common policing incidents and to realise when advice or assistance is required.

You are still being continually assessed and although most of your learning is now work based, there is still a requirement for some formal classroom input and attachment to specialist departments.

This phase lasts for 18 months during which you are required to prove competence against 22 national Occupational Standards and achieve NVQ Level 3 and 4 in Policing. The phase concludes with your confirmation of appointment as a police constable.