HC Deb 18 July 2002 vol 389 cc559-60W
Nick Harvey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the training period is for(a) police officers and (b) special constables; and if he will make a statement. [59303]

Mr. Denham

The initial training period for new police officer recruits is two years, and the bulk of this training is provided locally within individual forces.

Training periods vary from force to force and this data is not held centrally for specials. A new special constabulary foundation-training package is currently being developed.

Table 1: Police PFI schemes for which contracts have been signed
Police force Project Number of new buildings Estimated capital value (£ million) Procurement stage
Cleveland/Durham Firearms Facility 1 9.0 Operational
Cumbria Workington Police Station 1 5.2 Operational
Derbyshire Ilkeston Police Station 1 5.2 Operational
Derbyshire Divisional HQ and City Police Station 2 16.0 Operational
Dorset Divisional HQ and three new Police Stations 4 15.0 Operational

The National Competency Framework which is being introduced into police training, will ensure support police officers, special constables, support staff and others including community support officers are trained to the appropriate level of competence.