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Training to become a Police Officer

Once recruited into North Yorkshire Police, you will undergo extensive training as a student officer over 18 weeks.

You will be trained under the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).

The IPLDP is divided into two parts and lasts for two years. The first part is made up of two phases and concludes with a declaration that you are fit for independent patrol. The second part (phase 3) consists of the time spent learning while also on independent patrol. You will receive further training during this phase and your performance will continue to be assessed. At the end of a successful two-year period, your appointment in the office of police constable will be confirmed.

Successful applicants will enter a two-year training programme comprising a number of phases.

  • PHASE 1 This phase will introduce you to the Police Service and will focus on attitudes, behaviours, ethics and values. It will provide you with the necessary understanding of how to conduct safe interactions with members of your communities. You will be taught first aid, officer safety and health and safety training. You will also learn about professional standards, race and diversity, basic technology applications and social/community issues. You will be introduced to topics such as crime, traffic, investigative skills, fraud and powers of arrest.

You will be introduced to the community in which you will work. In addition to legislation around Community Safety Partnerships, you will learn about local police delivery and how the police can make an impact on community concerns and problems.

In this phase you will commence your community engagement/placement. You will undertake a minimum of 80 hours’ placement, split between phases 1and 2, dedicated to community engagement. Your tutor/supervisor will maintain close contact with you during your placement.

  • PHASE 2 In this phase you will learn more about the law, policy and guidelines, and you will develop the operational skills required of a patrol constable. By the end of this phase you will have a good understanding of the investigative process. You will learn through a range of methods including some class-based learning and learning through engagement with your local community and real-life situations. Your suitability for independent patrol will be assessed throughout this stage and you will think about your further development.
  • PHASE 3 During this phase you will be on independent patrol up to the point of ‘confirmation’. You will be expected to achieve competence in the range of activities within the programme and you will be given an equivalent of 30 days’ protected learning time to support this objective. Your performance will be assessed in terms of knowledge and understanding, competency, skills, attitudes and behaviours.