HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc102-3W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will recommend chief constables to make sure that all members of police special patrol groups, and similar groups under different names, receive training in community relations.

Mr. Brittan

All police officers receive training in community relations during their probationary period. There is an element of community relations training in both the initial and continuation courses provided at Home Office police training centres, and this is supplemented in a number of forces by locally arranged training. It is for chief officers of police to determine the precise form and content of local training in community relations, but where new recruits are concerned forces are recommended to follow a special standard syllabus drawn up by a Home Office working party.