Police hone key skills

| 26/11/2008

(CNS): Preparing the facts for court was one of the key lessons in a special training session designed to keep 21 police officers and special constables working in West Bay up-to-date with policing methods and practices. Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann Gunn conducted a two and a half hour session at the police station last weekend covering which crucial aspects of the job.


The session covered the recording of original notes of an incident, how to structure a statement as well as how best to complete a summary of facts ready for court proceedings. “A continued knowledge of best practices is vital for officers,” said Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. “We are committed to ensuring our officers and staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to allow them to carry out their duty as best as they can. This includes ensuring we keep up-to-date with policing methods and best practices.”

The training included details such as what key elements should be recorded into notebooks when responding to incidents, when and where to record these notes and the importance of having notes when appearing in court. The training was concluded with two role plays relating to offences that officers frequently deal with to demonstrate how the training fits into the reality of policing.

“This was a highly successful session which we found extremely useful and informative and our thanks are sent to Ms Gunn for her time and insight,” said Mrs Howell. “We anticipate that sessions such as this will continue in the future to ensure the continued development and progression of our staff.”

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