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Professional, targeted training holds the key to a police service that can be valued and respected by all communiti...
Professional, targeted training holds the key to a police service that can be valued and respected by all communities, say police authority leaders.

The APA were responding to the report from the home affairs select committee on police training and recruitment that was published today.

Catherine Crawford, the APA's executive director, said: `Effective training, delivered to agreed national standards, is essential if police officers across the country are to meet the ever growing demands we place on them.

`Every force must have a training strategy that goes beyond the traditional areas of training and that is dynamic and innovative in its delivery. Training must become central to delivering the change of culture across the service that all police authorities are working to achieve, one that respects and thrives on diversity and has integrity at its core.'

She added: 'Police authorities must and will become the engine room driving this change.'

The APA also underlined the need for greater direction and accountability in the oversight of national police training structures.

Catherine Crawford stated: `This report supports our calls for a new service authority for national police training, modelled on local police authorities.

'A service authority could better achieve the balance between providing police officers with the expert training they need and the expectations of taxpayers that their investment in the police is used effectively to deliver the service we all expect and require.'

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