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Driver Training (636A/21)

Request

I am writing with a Freedom of Information Request regarding driver training and capabilities for Special Constables within your constabulary and how/if it differs to the training and capabilities afforded to “Regular” Police Constables.

Please can you provide information, either written or (if applicable) provide supporting flow diagrams/policies/documents for the following:

1) What level of driver training is available to Regular Police Constables? Please break this down where applicable into the specific categories (e.g A2B car, response car, advanced car, motorbike, van, etc)

Please provide information of the minimum requirements for a Regular Police Constable to undertake this training (e.g length of service, rank, role, etc and if so, what).

Please provide information of the delivery of the training to reach the required standard for each category (e.g length of training, delivered mid-week/week-end training, etc)

2) What level of driver training is available to Special Constables? Please break this down where applicable into the specific categories (e.g A2B car, response car, advanced car, motorbike, van, etc)

Please provide information of the minimum requirements for a Special Constable to undertake this training (e.g length of service, rank, role, etc and if so, what).

Please provide information of the delivery of the training to reach the required standard for each category (e.g length of training, delivered mid-week/week-end training, etc) and if alternate training schedules or reasonable adjustments are made based on Specials being volunteers with limited availability.

For Special Constables only – Please state whom covers the insurance and legal aid for driving incidents such as a Police Vehicle Accident (e.g Force Insurance, Federation Insurance, Special Constabulary Insurance, etc) and what the value of this insurance fund is.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Attachments

636A_ATTACHMENT_02 Basic Car Authorisations 636A_ATTACHMENT_01