Participants are supported to develop these skills across our programmes using scenario-based learning techniques that simulate policing challenges, as well as through tailored coaching and skills sessions.
Our programmes focus on embedding evidence-based approaches to problem-solving as the default approach to preventing and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. Police Now officers receive training and coaching on different problem-solving methods, including the OSARA model (a five stage problem-solving approach which consists of Objective, Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment) during initial training, and are introduced to other key resources such as the College of Policing’s Crime Reduction Toolkit to ensure they are accessing the best available evidence of what works to reduce crime.
Independent evaluation suggests Police Now participants are more receptive to using the evidence base than officers joining through other routes and display an understanding of evidence- based policing similar to that of Superintendents1.
Participants’ line managers and colleagues have shared consistent positive feedback on participants’ communication and problem-solving skills.