§ Mr. George
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the cost of the initial training of a police officer.
§ Mr. Hurd
Information on the total costs of initial training, which will vary from force to force, is not collected centrally. The cost of the 14 weeks initial course212W at a district police training centre, which a recruit to a provincial force in England and Wales attends as part of the two-year training programme for probationer constables, is estimated to average £2,500 per trainee in this financial year.