Cumbria police to spend £680,000 on leadership and skills training
Last updated at 12:48, Thursday, 22 August 2013
Cumbria's cash-strapped police force is poised to spend £680,000 on “leadership and skills” training to cope with 21st century changes in how the force works.
Increased use of mobile devices by officers while they are out-and-about, the impact of other technology and the need for criminals to be brought to trial quickly and efficiently are among factors leading to the investment.
A report to the county’s crime commissioner Richard Rhodes says changes in how officers operate has “resulted in a growing need for improved levels of leadership, managerial ability” and extra computer skills for frontline officers.
The force says changes and financial pressures on policing is placing “unique responsibilities” on managers and leaders.
The investment will see £570,000 spent on temporary staffing to carry out any consultation and design and deliver the programme.
Another £110,000 will help create a system which includes methods such as training being provided through video links and the downloading of information, rather than officers sitting in classrooms.
The force says this has the potential to cut travelling expenses for officers going to training classes and reduce the cost of police being taken off duties.
The report states the aim of the programme is to “provide front line supervisor and middle managers with the key leadership and management skills necessary to adopt changing working practices and support quality improvements”.
An emphasis on offenders being brought to trial speedily with bureaucracy kept to a minimum “requires increased levels of personal responsibility”, it adds.
It is claimed it will also improve the effectiveness of under-performing officers and managers and lead to “improved leadership within operational policing”.
Mr Rhodes has approved the funding of the programme in principal.
Police chiefs want officers to use mobile devices so they can complete paperwork while out on the beat.
The force has had to make millions of pounds of savings and still has to make millions more.
Stephen Kirkpatrick, director of corporate support at Cumbria Police, told the News & Star: “The leadership and skills programme will aim to improve key leadership and management skills for frontline officers and supervisors.
“Policing is facing a critical time at present, with many changes and financial pressures placing unique responsibilities on managers and leaders.
“The programme will aim to support and enhance managers’ ability to manage these issues.”
First published at 12:37, Thursday, 22 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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There are 7 ranks above a Constable! 7 ranks all supervising, all supervising not by common sence but by the book. There is no need for all these supervisory ranks, they're expensive and most spend their time learning about ' management skills' at HQ, then they return to division and find any opportunity to use these 'skills' on Constables so they can 'evidence' this on their CV's in an effort to get on the next rank.
I thought part of the necessary requirement to be a police officer was to show leadership and other skills? Maybe the 'dumbing down' of the criteria is coming home to roost?
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