Statement on Police College Review

07 November 2016

“The Policing Board has received findings of a comprehensive review into the operations of the Police College and convened a number of special meetings with the Chief Constable to discuss the report and plans to deliver the full implementation of the recommendations made.

The independently led review by C/Supt Alan Gibson from Police Scotland carried out an examination of the following 5 key areas: the content of the student officer programme; culture within the Police College; the verification of Examinations and Assessments, Accreditation and Relationship with Ulster University; and Leadership and Governance.   

The detailed review and report now produced provides the Board with a clear insight into the operations of the Police College and the Foundation Training Programme. Whilst providing some assurance on aspects of the areas of police training examined, the report highlights areas of practice where major change is immediately needed.

 The review reveals that the organisational and behavioural standards that the Board expects from all the staff of the PSNI are not being consistently met in the college.  Findings that some activities and the pervading culture in the college are not conducive to a safe and professional learning environment is a matter of most serious concern to all of the Board Members and that is why following receipt of the report, significant time has been invested by the Board in considering plans for moving forward. 

The review and recommendations are designed to make sure that the approach to PSNI training is fit for purpose, incorporates best training practice and allows the PSNI to keep pace with modern and progressive training approaches. The Board agrees that there is now the opportunity to really invest in the College, make the changes necessary to redress the issues uncovered and achieve this vision.

 The Chief Constable has provided the Board with an implementation plan that effects this change within the College and those that impact on the wider organisation. A further special meeting is scheduled for Thursday (10th) to discuss final implementation arrangements with the Chief Constable and future recruitment plans.”