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LAWYERS AN DESIGNERS
Lawyers and designers helping police with their enquires
We rely on the police to uphold the rule of law, but what about the laws governing the police themselves? When the procedures change, it’s vital that everyone understands the new structure, and Creative Solutions were proud to assist top chambers 5 Essex Court in making sure they can apply the regulations with confidence.
Training the police to police themselves
Following the review of Police discipline led by Bill Taylor (2004/05), the government updated regulations to ensure they provide a fair, open and proportionate method of dealing with alleged misconduct, performance and attendance. But the forces themselves needed to understand how this works.
This is where 5 Essex Court came in, a long-established Temple-based practice of 42 civil barristers including seven QCs, two of whom are special advocates. Since one of their specialisms is police law, they were an obvious choice to deliver the necessary training — and they needed an equally experience design company to produce and manage the materials.
Getting the message across
5 Essex Court undertook a nationwide series of briefings to forces around England and Wales, with delegate numbers ranging from 50 to 650. This included briefing core command officers from the Association of Chief Police Officers on the intricacies of police law, as it changed.
Since they required supporting material, they turned to us, and we produced presentations, briefing packs, delegate folders with course notes, badges, interactive CDs and download data. We also produced a specialist briefing pack for Ministry of Defence Police Forces, Army Police and Association of Police Authorities, with biogs of speakers, training notes, changes to the law and delegate packs.
The core message was to underline and address the changes needed for performance, consistency, excellence, conduct, culture, ethos, effectiveness, leadership and professionalism in police forces. Briefings centred on changing behaviour, capability and effective management of police officers, so they understood the change of law governing their behaviour.
An end-of-training test was set using real-life case studies for the delegates to interpret, with results fed back to 5 Essex Court. A leader-board approach showed where further training and development were needed. Creative Solutions administered all the results and feedback, with both good and bad comments on trainers highlighted and fed back.
155 conferences later…
Over nine months, we supported 5 Essex Court in delivering 155 conferences nationwide, each with its own supporting material. We were only given details of each one five working days before the event, but we were able to customise the material for each one and deliver it for the morning of the conference.
We’re always proud at Creative Solutions to support the police, who are safeguarding the country, but this assignment was even more special. After all, the more confident the police are about their own procedures, the more they can concentrate on protecting all of us.
A win-win situation, we think.