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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

the information i am requesting is a copy of the new recruits training manual, the course work before and until they are confirmed in their position and details of the examination and assessment to qualification.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Mercer

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Mercer

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010020004519
I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 22/02/2010. I note
you seek access to the following information:

* "Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the information i am
requesting is a copy of the new recruits training manual, the course
work before and until they are confirmed in their position and
details of the examination and assessment to qualification. "

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Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Policy and support officer
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Dear Mr Mercer

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010020004519

I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 22/02/2010. I
apologise for the delay in getting this information to you and for any
inconvenience this has caused. I note you seek access to the following
information:

1. a copy of the new recruits training manual
2. the course work before and until they are confirmed in their position
3. details of the examination and assessment to qualification.

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION
To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within Human Resources.

RESULT OF SEARCHES
The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to:

* disclose records numbered 2 and 3 in full;
* no information is held by the MPS for question 1. However, in order
to assist you I have included some information which you may be
interested in.

Please find below and attached your copies of records numbered 1 to 3.

Answer 1
The Metropolitan Police Service does not have a "new recruits training
manual". Officers are provided with a series of "lesson notes" to go with
each subject taught in foundation training - there are approximately 140
different lesson notes currently in use in the MPS. I am unable to release
lesson notes for the following reasons.

The lesson notes as well as explaining law and procedure, detail methods
used by police to prevent and detect offences. The notes also where
appropriate contain restricted information, detailing processes and
procedures. The complete release of all MPS training material for student
officers could hinder our ability to prevent and detect criminal activity.
I can advise however that there are commercially produced publications
available that cover the learning requirements of new officer training. An
example of this is the Blackstone's "Student Police Officer Handbook"
produced by Oxford University Press ISBN 978-0-19-923841-5.

Answer 2
The current foundation training course for student police officers is 25
weeks long. I attach details of all subjects currently in the curriculum
for student police officers. Tables 1-4 give a breakdown of all the
subjects covered in foundation training during the first 25 weeks of
service. Table 4 also gives details of three separate week long courses
known as ***Hydra*** training that takes place between weeks 25 and the
end of the two years probationary period.

Answer 3
The current examination and assessment system is a combination of both
theory and practical assessment.

Theory Assessment
Student officers currently sit four examinations between weeks 6-17 of
each foundation course. The attached examination policy details this
process.

Practical Assessment
Student officers are assessed against National Occupational Standards
(NOS), across a range of key policing skills. These are known as Policing
Action Checklists (PACs). Students are assessed within the PACs in a
simulated setting between weeks 1-17. They are then required to
demonstrate competency in a ***live*** setting during weeks 19-23 when on
Coached Patrol Module on one of London***s 32 boroughs. A list of the PAC
assessments is attached.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS
If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.

Yours sincerely

Jen Powell
HR Freedom of Information Manager

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law. Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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