Northern Ireland Police College is responsible for the delivery of all PSNI training and development. The Police College’s focus is to develop and inspire resourceful and flexible police officers and police staff who:
Consistently demonstrate Policing with the Community behaviours;
Are accountable, keeping people safe by preventing harm, protecting the vulnerable and detecting offenders whilst upholding human rights and treating all with fairness, courtesy and respect;
Are collaborative, dynamic and responsive to meet the changing needs of communities in Northern Ireland.
Foundation Training supports the development of student officers and probationary constables to maximise the potential of every officer within the first 2 years of service. All training is operationally relevant providing student officers with the understanding, knowledge and skills required of a Police Constable.
The first stage of Foundation Training is the 23 week Student Officer Training Programme which incorporates a range of classroom teaching, practical exercises and assessment. Training develops and inspires student officers to become resourceful and flexible police officers who consistently demonstrate policing with the community behaviours.
The Attestation Ceremony marks the successful completion of Student Officer Training with newly attested Probationary Constables continuing to develop their learning within the operational environment.
The Probationer Development Programme consolidates and enhances knowledge and skills gained during the Student Officer Training Programme with operational experience of policing with communities in Districts. Probationary Constables receive mentoring and supportive supervision to ensure development of operational competence within Local Policing Teams (LPTs). Advanced investigative skills training and physical competence assessment takes place during this two year period.
On successful completion of these stages each probationary officer can be recommended for confirmation in the rank of Constable. Thereafter continuous professional development is managed using the corporate Individual Performance Review (IPR), driven by the Leadership Strategy 2017 – 2020.
Leadership Training delivers a range of learning programmes to assist officers and staff to develop their skills in leadership and management. Learning programmes range from access to national courses for senior leaders delivered by the College of Policing to locally delivered programmes, courses and workshops on a range of leadership and management topics.
The Police College is approved by the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Learning Management and City & Guilds to deliver a range of qualifications that provide officers and staff the opportunity to undertake courses of study in the workplace, directly related to their management or leadership roles within the Police Service. These qualifications include Team Leading, Leadership & Management, Coaching & Mentoring and Certification as Chartered Manager.
Crime Training delivers a range of nationally accredited and local courses to assist officers in the learning and development of their investigation skills. This includes a full range of national detective courses from new to role Detective Constables to PIP Level 3 SIO’s at Detective Superintendent and specialist investigators courses for those Detectives dealing with serious sexual crime. Crime training also delivers courses in specialist interviewing techniques for dealing with victims, witnesses and suspects. Other courses have been designed to provide bespoke training in line with the specific requirements of various departments within PSNI. Ultimately, it is the role of Crime Training to equip officers with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage crime investigations.
Combined Operational Training
Combined Operational Training delivers training in operational & non-operational Firearms, Armed Response, Tactical Firearms, Boats, Close Protection, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear), Public Order, Dogs, First Aid and Traffic & Driver Training.
Combined Operational Training extends expertise to other Police Services both in the UK and internationally by providing training courses in Firearms, Public Order and Surveillance.
Our expertise places us at the forefront of specialist operational training in the United Kingdom. We can offer our knowledge to public and private sector organisations and police services across Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and internationally. Based on a wealth of operational experience gained through policing in Northern Ireland, our training provision is truly unique and pioneering.
Learning Technologies Unit
Learning Technologies Unit delivers a wide range of technology focused training in three main areas:
Immersive Learning – This team develops and supports of immersive learning exercises at PSNI's two Hydra suites and the production of other audio / visual training material. Hydra exercises are currently receiving excellent feedback within the Student Officer Training and Probationer Development Programmes and are also used widely by other College specialisms such as Crime, Leadership and Public Order and for other District and Multi Agency exercises.
E-Learning - This team designs, develops and manages all PSNI's courses delivered via Desktop Computers, Tablets and Mobile devices. Our “Classis-Online” platform currently supports the Student Officer Training Programme and plans are underway to extend this to deliver modern “blended” and “distance” learning services across the organisation.
Information and Communication Training - This team delivers ICT training that covers all Police Information Systems, Radios and Samsung devices. The training team works closely with ICS and technology project teams who provide and maintain these systems for PSNI.