As well as everything you might expect to find in a police constable foundation training course, Police Now training aims to equip officers with the skills they need to be effective in a neighbourhood role. This means there’s a specific focus on engaging with stakeholders, partnership work and problem solving.
Over the six weeks of the Summer Academy, Police Now Officers are given frontline policing experience through field training. Paired up with an experienced, high-performing constable, officers are deployed to one of several busy force areas, including London and some other partner force areas. Throughout these shifts, officers must complete a set of Police Action Checklists to ensure they are demonstrating required competencies. By completing these Checklists alongside the other assessment during the Summer Academy each officer is confirmed as having Independent Patrol Status.
After successfully completing the Summer Academy, all officers will then be deployed to their home force. Each force then organises an in-force training week. This provides any force-specific training and helps officers to acclimatise to local procedures, policies and ICT systems. Finally, the officers undertake a four-week in-force tutor phase, the 28 day immersion, to ensure they are absolutely as well prepared as possible for their frontline role.