Initial Police Learning and Development Programme
Student Officers have a probation period, lasting two years, on joining Greater Manchester Police. The training over the two years takes you through a comprehensive and professional programme enabling you to effectively fulfil your role as a police officer serving the community in which you work.
This is an sample of the initial training programme you will be engaged in, on successful application to Greater Manchester Police. The location of this section of your training includes periods at Sedgley Park Centre, Prestwich; the Hough End complex for Personal Safety Training and divisional classrooms in operational police stations. None of the training is residential and generally is conducted weekdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm, with occasional necessity to vary a shift to an afternoon or weekend tour of duty. Generally, you will wear uniform throughout your training programme.
The initial training is divided into three phases, and lasts for 20 weeks with one week built into the programme for annual leave. Leave at this stage will be taken as directed. Following this you will have a period of workplace assessment. Successful completion at this point will make you eligible for independent patrol. Over the following 18 months, you will continue to be assessed and will return to Sedgley Park, or other training venues for further legislative training.
Weeks 1 – 10
You will be based at the Sedgley Park complex. This incorporates a general induction into GMP or your new role if you are an internal candidate; an introduction to the main policies and procedures, including professional standards and expectations; ethics and values; decision making and problem solving; communication skills training, the assessment process for the probationary period and some basic legislation. You will also attend other sites to undertake Personal Safety Training and on your Borough for a Community Engagement week incorporating partnership awareness. You will have your Attestation ceremony in this period of training.
Weeks 11 – 20
This is the main section of the legislative training programme. You will work aligned to an Area Training Base, of which there are 5 across the force. They are currently located at Rochdale, Bury, Stretford, Leigh and Wythenshawe. It includes public protection training, crime scene preservation and investigation and training on roads policing. You will also undergo victim and suspect interview and search technique training.
During your initial training you will be assessed by way of knowledge checks, multiple choice question formal assessment, and taking part in simulated exercises designed to test your practical application of knowledge.
You will also be enrolled on the Level 3 Diploma in Policing which is a nationally recognised qualification and equivalent to ‘A’-level standard on the Qualifications Credit Framework. The City and Guilds are our current providers for the award.
You will be assessed by trained assessors both in the learning environment and also in the workplace. You will work toward completion of the award within your two-year probationary period and is essential for you to achieve confirmation in the rank of Constable. You will use an electronic portfolio to record evidence of competence.
Tutor Phase. Weeks 22-32
Following the initial training programme, you will commence a period of 10-weeks workplace assessment with a trained tutor constable. This will be on your posted borough and you are likely to be on shifts during this period. You will be assessed against some of the basic skills required for an officer to achieve independent patrol.
Independent Patrol/Phase 4. Weeks 33 - 104
During this time you will be on independent patrol on your Borough and are likely to be a Neighbourhood Police Office. You will be continually assessed during this period by trained Borough staff and your line manager who will complete assessment documentation. You will return to a training venue for 3 additional developmental courses throughout this period covering more complex legislation.
At the successful completion of this two-year probation period, you will be confirmed in the rank of Constable.