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Introduction 
to the 
Police Action 
Checklists
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE
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An introduction to the Police Action Checklists
Police Action Checklists (PACs) are designed for use within the Special Constable Initial Learning Programme.  
They aim to identify when you, as a Special Constable, are ready for dependent patrol. PACs are the national 
minimum standard. 
The purpose of PACs
PACs serve two main purposes:
 •  They are the trigger that a Special Constable is ready for dependent patrol.
 •  They inform managers of what a Special Constable can do at the point of dependent patrol.
PACs serve a very important role within the Special Constable Initial Training Course assessment and should 
not be regarded as a ‘tick-box’ administrative exercise.  You can be assessed against the police actions by your 
accompanying tutor/colleague/assessor/trainer/supervisor.  It is expected that you will complete 80% of the 
PACs on at least two occasions within 18 months of completing your initial training course. 
The completion of at least 80% of the PACs signifies that, in your role as a Special Constable, you can deal with
a range of policing incidents without the need for immediate direct supervision and can move onto dependent 
patrol.  
A Special Constable must be able to carry out all the activities on the checklist:
 •  Safely and lawfully
 •  Demonstrating behaviour appropriate to the role
When you are observed against the PACs, you are being judged on your performance.  This performance 
should be observed in the work environment under the normal working conditions where these activities 
naturally occur.
The PACs contain a checklist made up of 36 policing actions.  These have been examined and scrutinised by 
practitioners to ensure they are relevant and represent the minimum essential core policing activities required 
for dependent patrol.
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An introduction to the Police Action Checklists
The checklist includes ten policing areas – each dealing with a different aspect of policing and containing a 
number of policing actions which the Special Constable must complete. 
The policing actions include:
  1.  Safety First – Two policing actions encompassing health and safety.
  2.  Information Management – Two policing actions encompassing using information such as the Police  
   
National Computer (PNC) and local systems.
  3.  Patrol – Two policing actions encompassing basic policing patrol duties.
  4.  Search – Four policing actions encompassing the conducting of searches.
  5.  Investigation – Thirteen policing actions encompassing the investigation of various incidents.
  6.  Disposal – Three policing actions encompassing dealing with suspects/prisoners.
  7.  Custody Office Procedures – Two policing actions encompassing dealing with detainees.
  8.  Criminal Justice Files – One policing action encompassing the completion of paperwork.
  9.  Road Policing – Six policing actions encompassing dealing with traffic-related incidents.
  10.  Property – One policing action encompassing using property systems.
The language used to describe each activity is indicative of the emphasis placed upon performance rather than 
knowledge.
You must be able to demonstrate, conduct and complete rather than show an awareness of and deal 
effectively with etc.
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Behavioural assessment
As a Special Constable you will be required to show evidence for each behaviour area by completing evidence 
sheets. These sheets may incorporate a single or several policing actions.
When providing evidence against the activities within the PACs, it is essential you take into account your 
behaviour. This ensures that as a Special Constable you are not only completing the PACs activities, but also 
demonstrating behaviour and attitude appropriate for a police officer.
You will not be signed off for any action unless you show the correct technical performance and conduct 
yourself in the correct and appropriate manner.
The seven behavioural competencies are:
 •  Show respect for Race and Diversity. Consider the opinions, circumstances and feelings of colleagues
   
and members of the public, no matter what their race, religion, position, background, circumstances, 
   
status or appearance.
 •  Work effectively as a team member and help build relationships within it.
 •  Focus on the customer and provide a high quality service tailored to meet their individual needs.  
 
Understand the community being served and show an active commitment to policing that reflects their
   
needs and concerns.
 •  Be able to effectively and appropriatly communicate ideas and information, both verbally
   
and in writing.
 •  Actively problem solve, gathering enough relevant information to understand and deal with specific
   
issues and events.
 •  Take personal responsibility for making things happen and achieving results.
 •  Show reliability and resilience in difficult circumstances.
Evidence sheets 
When completing an evidence sheet briefly describe the incident and identify the PAC and behaviours
covered. This should be your self-reflective account, including positive and developmental areas. The evidence
should be witnessed.  This witness can be your tutor, colleague, supervisor or trainer.
Link between PACs and action plans
Action plans will be used in conjunction with the PACs to support the Special Constable’s development. For 
example, this can be used to record any developmental areas of performance which the Special Constable 
needs to improve on in the future.
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Evidence sheets
Action plans must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable and Timebound).
Below are two examples of an action plan. One is a good example while the other shows what not to do.
Good example
I want to increase my confidence when I am on patrol, especially when dealing with verbally 
SPECIFIC
confrontational situations involving more than one person. This is because I tend to take a ‘back seat’ 
when attending these incidents with another officer.
I will try and attend at least one incident per month where there are reports of disorder involving 
MEASURABLE more than one person. I will then keep a diary of what went well, what didn’t go well and what I 
would do differently next time.
I will volunteer to ‘take the lead’ at any incidents that have the potential to become a confrontational 
ACHIEVABLE
situation and seek feedback from other officers and supervision on my performance.
Our force objectives include reducing alcohol-related disorder and helping the vulnerable. Working 
RELEVANT
towards this action plan will therefore help me to more effectively support some of our force 
objectives.
I will seek feedback from my peers and supervisor once a month.
TIME BOUND
Bad example
SPECIFIC
I want to increase my confidence when on patrol.
MEASURABLE I want to be 50% more confident when I am out on the street.
ACHIEVABLE
I will do this by shouting at members of the public to do as I tell them.
RELEVANT
This will make me more able to deal with a range of issues.
TIME BOUND I will be much more confident by this time next week!
Notes:
 1.  Is it SPECIFIC? What exactly are you struggling with in terms of lack of confidence?
 2.  Is it MEASURABLE? How will you know when you’ve reached your goal?
 3.  Is it ACHIEVABLE? Is your plan of action achievable or could it alienate the public and leave us open to
   complaints.
  4.  Is it RELEVANT? Is what you’re trying to achieve linked to a local, force or personal objective? How will  
    your action plan enhance the performance of the force?
 5.  Is it TIMEBOUND? Be realistic! You won’t achieve everything in an unrealistic timescale.
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Police Action Checklists
Restricted when complete
POLICE ACTION CHECKLISTS
Name:
Number:
1. Safety first
Evidence sheet
1st date
Witness
2nd date
Witness
1.1 Dealing with disorder/

conflict safely
1.2 Demonstrate ability
 
to minimise and deal  
 
with aggressive and 
 
abusive behaviour
2. Information management
2.1 Use PNC/CIS/VIS, e.g  
 
person check/vehicle check
2.2 Use force information  
 
management systems,  
 
e.g for gathering and  
 
submitting intelligence,  
 
crime reporting, etc
3. Patrol
3.1 Show awareness that 
 
patrol priorities are in  
 
accordance with 
 
local needs
3.2 Demonstrate

 
communication with  
 
control rooms
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Police Action Checklists
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POLICE ACTION CHECKLISTS
Name:
Number:
4. Search
Evidence sheet
1st date
Witness
2nd date
Witness
4.1 Conduct PACE Stop
4.2 Demonstrate lawful
 
Search – Person
4.3 Demonstrate / participate
 
in lawful Search – Premises
4.4 Demonstrate / participate
 
lawful Search – Vehicle
5. Investigation
5.1 Demonstrate / be  
 
involved in initial crime  
 
scene management
5.2 Be involved in the initial
 
investigation and report of  
 
missing persons
5.3 Be involved in the initial
 
investigation and report of  
 
volume crime
5.4 Be involved in the initial
 
investigation and report of  
 
a domestic incident
5.5 Identify a hate crime, eg  
 
race, homophobia, 
 
disability, etc
5.6 Show consideration in
   relation to a child
 
protection or vulnerable  
 
person incident
5.7 Be involved in the initial
 
investigation and report of 
 
a sudden death
5.8 Demonstrate initial RTC
 
scene management
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POLICE ACTION CHECKLISTS
Name:
Number:
5. Investigation
Evidence sheet
1st date
Witness
2nd date
Witness
5.9  Interview – participate in  
 
a witness interview using  
 
the PEACE model
5.10  Interview – participate in  
 
a suspect interview using  
 
the PEACE model
5.11  Demonstrate correct
 
handling of exhibits, eg  
 
POFP, packaging
5.12  Provide appropriate  
 
support and advice to  
 
victims and witnesses
6 Disposal
6.1 Report offenders, eg 

PND tickets, reports for
 
summons, etc
6.2 Make lawful arrests
6.3 Demonstrate safe handling
 
of prisoners
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Name:
Number:
7. Custody office procedures
Evidence sheet
1st date
Witness
2nd date
Witness
7.1 Present suspect to custody  
 
in accordance with force  
 procedures
7.2 Complete pre-charge
 
procedures, eg obtain  

fingerprints, photographs,

DNA sample and speak with
 
CPS, in accordance with  
 
force procedure
8. Criminal justice files
8.1 Complete files, eg summons

file, caution file and post-

charge files
9. Road policing
9.1 Demonstrate vehicle stops
9.2 Check driving documents
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Name:
Number:
9. Road policing
Evidence Sheet
1st date
Witness
2nd date
Witness
9.6  Complete traffic  

procedures - VDRS
9.7  Be involved in correct
 
administration of the  
 
appropriate tests for drink/ 
 
drugs driving offences
10.  Property
10.1  Use property systems, eg  
 
lost found and disposal
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Police Action Checklist event sheet
Sheet No:
Candidate Name:
Self-reflection account
PACS covered
Evidence (including positive and developmental areas):
Special Constable:
Witness:
Behavioural Competencies:
  •  Respect for race and diversity
  •  Problem solving
  •  Team working
  •  Personal responsibility
  •  Community and customer focus
  •  Resilience
  •  Effective communication
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Special Constable observation and action plan
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SC:
Number:
Date:
Observation or area for improvement identified
Action plan
S
Specific
M
Measurable
A
Achievable
R
Reasonable
T
Timebound
Support provided by Area Command
Supervisor/witness name:
Rank and Number:
Supervisor/witness signature:
Date:
Officer Name:
Rank and Number:
Officer Signature:
Date:
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Special Constable performance appraisal
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Section 1 Special Constable details
Full Name:
Force number:
Area Command:
Station:
Date attested:
PACs start date:
Section 2 Supervision
Supervisor comments (including behavioural competencies - positive and developmental areas ):
Signed:
Date:
Rank and force number:
Section 3 Chief Inspector
Comment on progress, identified actions and suitability for retention
Signed:
Date:
Rank and force number:
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Special Constable performance appraisal
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Section 4 Special Constable’s comments
Response on comments made. This is an optional section for completion. However, the officer should NOT 
sign until they have read the supervisor comments.
Signed:
Date:
Rank and force number:
Section 5 Trainer comments
Signed:
Date:
Rank and force number:
Fit for dependent patrol
Yes
No
PACs 80% completed
Yes
No
Date
Probationary period: 
Trainer name
Fit for dependent patrol
Trainer number
Yes
No
Contact
Date:
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Continuation of training
Restricted when complete
Training session and professional development attended at Area Command.
Date
Subject/Content
Trainer
Signature
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