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ALI and HMIC join forces
The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) are to formally agree to joint inspections of police training. ALI inspectors will work alongside inspectors from HMIC for up to 100 days during 2004, assessing the quality of learning and training being offered to police officers and staff.
The agreement was finalised last week by the signing of a memorandum of understanding' by David Sherlock, Chief Inspector of Adult Learning and Sir Keith Povey, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, who will be represented by Robin Field-Smith, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (Personnel and Training).
David Sherlock said, "We are delighted to be working alongside HMIC to provide an independent assessment of police training. Society expects so much of its police service and it is the quality of the training that the police receive which makes it possible for them to live up to those expectations. It is our shared determination that ALI inspectors will offer regulation and public accountability and ultimately work with HMIC to make police training even better."
Commenting on the agreement, Robin Field-Smith said, "Training is the key enabler of performance. The public rightly expect the highest levels of performance from the police. Therefore it is vital that training, and the learning it engenders, is fit for the purpose. HMIC has been working with ALI for nearly three years, valuing both the expertise they bring to bear and their advice and critical comment. Formalising the partnership for the future can only be good both for the police and the public they serve."
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