Evaluation of vulnerability training for frontline officers

Research Institution / Organisation

College of Policing

Principal Researcher

Fiona Mclean

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

July 2017

Research Context

Under the police transformation fund, the College of Policing acquired funding to develop training on the identification and management of vulnerability by frontline officers and staff. The College committed to training 10,000 officers under this funding by 31st March 2018.

The pilot will aim to train around 500-700 officers/staff in three forces starting on July 26th  and running for just over three weeks. This research project aims to evaluate the pilot of the training in order to learn lessons and refine the training for the roll out from November onwards. The aim of the evaluation is to identify the impact of the training, identify any issues with the implementation of the training and to ensure that the measurement tool is sensitive enough to measure the changes in knowledge and attitudes in the roll out. It is possible that the roll out of the training will be evaluated using the tools developed for the pilot.

Research Methodology

The sample size is likely to be between 500-700 frontline officers depending on how many the three pilot forces manage to train in the pilot period.

The design will involve a pre and post training survey to those who received the training in each pilot force plus a later attitude survey approximately 1 month after the training to intervention and comparison groups.

Interim reports and publications

‚ÄčA report will be produced in the Autumn of 2018.  If the roll out of the training is evaluated a final report will be available in summer of 2018.

Date due for completion

July 2018
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