Transformation of police learning and development

Research Institution / Organisation

The Open University

In Collaboration With

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Principal Researcher

Professor Jean Hartley

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

October 2017

Research Context

‚ÄčThe police of today need to be working as advanced problem solvers. They are required to work alongside professionals, who have benefitted from coherent professional training and development at level 6 and above. Police officers, if they are to operate effectively in this environment, and work with other professionals to achieve the desired social outcomes, deserve to be in a comparable position. In addition, the challenge for policing today is not centred on street-based crimes, but crimes committed behind closed doors; exploiting the vulnerable. Often, these are complex, white collar crimes, and of course, the Police now also face the meteoric rise of digital-related offences. Police Officers need to be equipped and educated to operate in this new environment. In response to this, the College of Policing are in the process of moving the Service to a graduate level profession.

This project will provide support to enable the organisational development needed across all forces to enact the revised training standards, create the right culture and foster continuous improvement. It addresses the capability gap that currently exists in police training, to ensure that all officers, both new recruits and serving staff will receive the training and education they need to meet Policing Vision 2025 aspirations. It supports the work and plans of the College of Policing in professionalising the Service, through the PEQF and revised training standards. The development of the workforce must be the central ambition of the Policing Vision 2025. The Vision cannot be delivered by changes to processes, policy or kit, without the simultaneous transformation of the workforce. We need to support the proper development of the workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Transformation of the police service requires transformation of its people.

Research Methodology

‚ÄčThe collaborators: MOPAC, The Open University and forces will work together on the project, which will progress through a series of phases:

  • Stage 1 - Assessment of Training Unit Capacity and Capability - high level across all collaborating forces, and a deep dive with six forces selected to provide most learning.
  • Stage 2 - What a Model Police Training Unit Looks Like - Enabling Delivery of the 2025 Vision - Research using a breadth of sources to establish the blueprint for the next generation model police training unit.
  • Stage 3 - Strengthening Police Training Units and Learning - providing action research to inform the subsequent delivery of practice based change, organisational development and implementation support with the six `deep dive' training units and with the respective senior leadership and line managers.
  • Stage 4 - Development of Theory of Change and building it into police training and development, through Continuous Improvement Toolkit, and Training and Development Transformation Roadmap for all forces.
  • Stages 5 - Implementation of a National Learning Network to support organisational development and enable sustainability.

We will conduct collaborative action learning throughout, applying impactive and facilitative technology to optimise and share learning so that professional capability in training and development is maintained.

Interim reports and publications

‚ÄčImplementing the Transformation of Police Training Learning and Development: Baseline Survey Report

Date due for completion

September 2019
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