The aim of this research is
to assess what forces have learned from their experiences of operating
fast-track programmes so that their learning can be utilised to shape the
development of new programmes. The research also will explore what the
programmes may reveal about organisational change in policing. Specifically,
how the schemes are changing policing and how the recruits to the scheme are
being changed by their experiences.
The project leader has
communicated directly with a gatekeeper in each of three forces (nominated by
The National Police Chiefs Council). They have been supplied with an explanation of the project and a
participant information sheet and will circulate the information sheet to:
recruits currently on their programme;
some of those who have graduated from it, and some who failed to graduate
staff whose work can reasonably be expected to be impacted by the programme
(for example; CID and other colleagues, mentors or tutors providing support in
the field); and
some of those involved in the oversight and administration of the programme
(including at senior and supervisory levels and those with day-to-day
responsibility for the supervision or training of recruits).
Initially, a minimum of five members of each group in each force (that is at
least 20 people in each force; 60 people overall, will be interviewed). It is
anticipated that other staff in the three forces will complete a survey.
A redacted version of an
interim report can be obtained on request from the project lead.