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North Yorksire Police Show Concern Over New Training

Police 7

8:09am 26th June 2014

Speaking after documentary ‘Police under pressure’ showed how cuts were impacting on policing in neighbouring South Yorkshire, Sgt Mike Stubbs, the Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Federation questioned whether the scheme was the best use of limited resources.

In April, North Yorkshire Police announced it would take up the Home Office scheme to allow people with no previous policing experience to join the police service at the rank of Superintendent. Entrants will follow an 18 month training programme devised by the College of Policing. The scheme originated in a review of police pay and conditions carried out in in 2012 by Tom Winsor, later appointed as Chief Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.

Sgt Stubbs said:

"The Winsor report estimated the cost of the initial training programme at £180,000 per entrant."

He explained that the initial costs for the two North Yorkshire entrants would come from central funds. However, the money to provide that funding has been taken from the budgets of police forces around the country. 

Sgt Stubbs commented:

"The Home Office funding for these posts will last for three years and North Yorkshire Police cannot be criticised for taking advantage of it."

"But we are astonished that the Home Office can find this sort of money for a completely untested scheme which attracted very little support from within the service when it was proposed."

"North Yorkshire Police recruits to high standards and we already have some outstanding individuals within our organisation. The public are entitled to ask whether the Home Office has got its policing priorities right."

Speaking last month Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan praised the scheme which would enable the force to recruit the "best and brightest".

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