Cumbria Constabulary triumphs at prestigious national award ceremony

Wednesday, 29 October, 2008

Cumbria Constabulary has received two prestigious awards recognising it's achievement in investigative training for its officers.

Former Olympic champion hurdler, Colin Jackson, presented two plaques to six representatives from the Constabulary at the National Training Awards Ceremony in the Palace Hotel in Manchester, on Tuesday 14th October.

The National Training Awards are the UK's number one accolade for businesses, organisations and individuals who have achieved lasting excellence and success through training and learning.

The Constabulary received both a regional and national award for its design and delivery of the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP). This is a three year training package designed by the training department specifically for Cumbria Constabulary to help develop officers' investigative training to best serve the local community.

Since the introduction of the programme in 2004, the Constabulary is now detecting 49% more crimes and is the 4th highest performing constabulary in terms of crime detection rates throughout England and Wales.

The Constabulary has also been put forward for a further award recognising one overall UK winner from each of the six National Training Award categories. This award is highly regarded and the winner will be announced on Thursday 11th December 2008 at a ceremony in London.

Peter Train, Head of Training for Cumbria Constabulary, was among those who travelled to Manchester to pick up the awards.

He said: "I am delighted that our investigative training team has received this recognition that is so well deserved. This is the second year running that Cumbria Police have been successful in applying for a National Training Award and this is an acknowledgement that work of this team and all other training sections is helping to improve policing services for our local communities."

Deputy Chief Constable, Christine Twigg, who accompanied the training team to Manchester said: "These awards are recognition of the high standards of training delivered within the Constabulary and the professionalism of all those involved. I am delighted at our success.

"It is imperative that the training we provide our officers equips them with the skills and confidence they need to meet the challenges of investigative policing. To date, we have trained 700 of our constables and sergeants using this programme and these awards recognise how significantly our officers, and the service they deliver to the community, have improved."

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