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College launches new training on custody safety

The College of Policing has launched an immersive training package for custody sergeants and detention officers.

Force leads and learning and development trainers have been invited to attend a series of “train the trainer” events where they will learn how to deliver the package for their own forces. Five such events will be hosted by the College. 

The programme will immerse trainees into a simulated live custody environment alongside multi-agency partners. Participants will then be given real-life scenarios, dilemmas and decisions which would have an impact on the wellbeing and safety of detainees. 

The training can be carried out in a hydra simulation suite or in a classroom environment and is designed to reduce the risk of death and adverse incidents. 

Tony Maggs, custody liaison manager at the College, said: “Custody sergeants and detention officers have a crucial role in looking after those who are arrested and it’s really important they are offered the best quality training so they are fully supported in their job.”

DCC Nev Kemp QPM, NPCC Custody Lead said : “My big hope for those that do the training is that they leave feeling that they’ve really been tested. They’ve really had to stop and really think, that they understand their decisions and their actions have a direct impact on what happens in custody - and, importantly, the safety of those within custody - and a greater appreciation of their critical role in terms of safety and the running of the custody centre.” 

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