HC Deb 22 December 1965 vol 722 cc437-8W
47. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what provision he is making for the training of police officers; what this training comprises; and for how long it lasts.

Mr. Ross

The Scottish Police College provides the bulk of central training for Scottish police officers.

The Junior Division of the College trains recruits in two stages: a 4-week elementary course at the start of the officer's service; and a 12 week second stage course after some 9 months in the service. Conversion courses of 6 weeks are also run for recruits who have had previous training and service in forces outside Scotland.

The Senior Division provides three courses: A 6 months' course to prepare sergeants for the rank of inspector; A 3 months' course to improve fitness of students who have already attained the rank of inspector, or a higher rank, for the duties of chief inspector and above; A 12 months' course for 12 specially selected constables who normally receive automatic promotion to sergeant.

The Motor Driving Division provides advanced training for force drivers and training for force instructors. These courses last 4 weeks and 6 weeks respectively.

Courses provided outside the Scottish Police College are: Initial courses for detective officers which are run in Glasgow or Edinburgh and last 8 weeks; and specialist courses for policewomen held every year alternately in Glasgow and in Edinburgh and lasting a fortnight.

Places are also reserved for Scottish officers on the senior staff course at the English Police College.

Central training is complemented by courses run by individual police forces.