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Date Responded 26 February 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. What training do you currently provide for your staff regarding disclosure as per the CPIA 1996? i.e. Online learning (NCalt) or classroom based.
  2. Does this training differ for PIP1, PIP 2 or Civilian investigators?
  3. Do you provide any form of advanced disclosure training courses and if so are these in collaboration with the Crown Prosecution Service.
  4. In total how many hours training do officers and staff receive on disclosure training.
  5. Once a staff member is trained do they receive any refresher training.
  6. How many staff have received disclosure training in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the People Services Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The majority of CPIA Disclosure training is delivered internally, within a number of training programmes (see Q4 for further details). However we do also encourage completion of the following NCALT training packages:

  • ‘Disclosure and Relevancy – Conducting Fair Investigations’ National Package.
  • ‘Raising investigative Standards (RIS)’ (Series of four magazines, developed by Northumbria Police. Disclosure was a key theme throughout).

2. Training delivery is bespoke to the audience/ course it is being delivered to.

3.Yes, advanced disclosure is delivered to PIP 1 & 2’s. A guest speaker from the CPS provides an input on the course.

4.

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) (formerly Initial Police Learning Development Programme (IPLDP)) – New student officers (PIP 1) receive a 7 hour face-to-face input
  • Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme (ICIDP) – 6 hour face-to-face input (PIP 2)
  • Management of Serious Crime Investigative Development Programme (MSCIDP) – 3 hour face-to-face input (joint with the CPS) (PIP 2)
  • Police Staff Investigators (PIs) – 6 hour face-to-face input (Civilian Investigators – PIP 1 & 2)
  • Sexual Assault Investigation Development Programme (SSAIDP) – 2 hours face-to-face input by CPS (PIP 2)
  • Specialist Child Abuse Investigators Development Programme (SCAIDP) – 4 hour face-to-face input (consisting of 2 hour input from Senior Lawyer within Legal Services, 1 hour CPS input and 1 hour trainer input) (PIP 2)
  • Advanced Disclosure – 3 day course (PIP 1 & PIP 2)

5. No.  Once trained, individuals are required to undertake continued professional development (CPD), to maintain competence.

6. Face-to-Face Training:

2015 – 122

2016 – 113

2017 – 464

2018 – 287

2019 – 334

On-line NCALT Training:

2017 – 14

2018 – 2,607

2019 – 2,989

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