When you join Lincolnshire Police as a new recruit, you will commence your initial training, and begin your exciting career as a police officer. Your training period as a student police officer lasts two years and is known as your probation.
Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP)
Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) is a two-year training programme for our new recruits, which you will begin on your first day with Lincolnshire Police. Throughout your training, you will be working to achieve a diploma in policing.
This programme has been quality assured by independent assessors to national standards and is delivered locally in Lincolnshire.
The programme is community focused and you will learn about the communities that you will be working with. You will also be given appropriate training to develop your skills and knowledge in order to become a competent police officer.
The initial training is delivered in three distinct phases, as follows:
During this phase, you will learn about the police service and policing issues, including being formally ‘attested’ as a constable.
During this phase, you will gain an understanding of community policing and some relevant legislation. You will also gain a valuable insight into community groups, partner agencies and identify how we can assist each other in our respective roles.
This is the longest of the initial three phases and contains the required theoretical knowledge, with opportunities to apply learning in practical scenarios’, some of which will be in community settings. During this phase, core-policing skills will be developed as well as the supporting knowledge and understanding.
The tutored phase
Following your initial training, you will commence working shifts at your designated police station, alongside your tutor constable who will oversee and coach you in your development, assisting you to manage your workload. This phase is operationally based, consisting of street patrol and other relevant attachments. The tutor phase is a minimum of 40 shifts.
Once you have demonstrated your ability to deal competently with a number of pre-defined actions from the Police Action Checklist (PACs) you will commence work as an independent officer. You will also complete your three-week standard driving course.
During this independent phase, you will undertake some internal attachments, the main one being an attachment to CID. This phase takes place during the remainder of your 2-year probation.
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I'm Chief Inspector Simon Skelton, currently serving with Lincolnshire Police.
I was in the RAF for 13 years. I was an aircraft technician at the rank of Corporal. I worked on various aircraft from Hercules, Hawks, AWACS and I left the RAF in 2004.
I felt like I needed a change. I felt like I needed a different challenge. Part of the reason I wanted to join Lincolnshire Police was the fact that I'd actually settled into Lincoln, I'd moved to Lincoln with the RAF, and it was a county that really juts appealed to me, it had become my home.
I certainly think that the RAF gave me some skills and some knowledge that really helped me to joining the police service.
It certainly taught me to think around problem solving and to think around 'there's a problem ahead of us, how do we fix it?'
Much of policing is that you've got a problem in front of you and you've got to try and solve that problem.
I think what's really impressive with Lincolnshire Police is that there's a set of standards. That same ethos was set into me in the RAF from the age of 17 through to when I left at 30.
It's been a cracking career. I'd actively encourage anyone who's considering a career change, who's thinking 'is it for me?' or 'is it not for me?' to look at those skills you've got and really understand that they are transferable and it is something the the police service, most definitely in Lincolnshire, could need.