The purpose of Police Training is to develop the necessary attitudes skills and knowledge, which will enable police officers of all ranks to undertake their roles and responsibilities. The intention is to contribute, through training, to continuous improvements in policing services to the community.

The principles of equality and fairness to all members of the community will be reflected in all aspects of Police Training.


1.                To improve the quality of the environment in all Police Training Institutions for staff and students alike in order that the training effort has the best chance of success.

2.                To ensure that all Police Trainers are trained in a broad range of skills which equip them to deliver training to deliver training to develop the Thinking, Attitudes Skills, and Knowledge which are required by their trainees in their own roles.

3.                To ensure that all training programmes meet the specific requirements of the roles which are to be undertaken after training has been completed.

4.                To ensure that all training programmes are designed and delivered in such a way that wherever possible they address the issues of Human Rights and Community Service.

5.                To consistently develop all aspects of National Police Training in order to achieve progressive improvements to the services provided to Inspectors General.


In order to achieve consistency of approach to the implementation of this National Training Policy, the following procedures will be followed:

·                    Within each Police Department, one officer of at least the rank of Deputy Inspector General shall be nominated as being responsible for implementation of the National Training Policy within the concerned Department. Where such a rank is not present the closest to it will be nominated.

·                    No decision on Police Training, which impacts on the National Training Policy will be taken without first referring it to the nominated officer who will liaise with the Inspector General where necessary.

·                    Training Needs will be systematically identified before any training is selected. This will only be undertaken by trained personnel.

·                    Before and after any Training Needs Analysis is undertaken, the Director of the CPTU will be contacted to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure quality control.

·                    All training programmes will be designed to ensure the objectives of this Training policy are met. Following the completion of design, the programmes will be submitted for approval to the nominated officer who will ensure they comply with this policy.

·                    Course design will only be undertaken by trained personnel.

·                    All Police Trainers will be trained to the certificated standards of the National Police Academy.

·                    All training activities, whether internal programmes or those provided by external agencies will be evaluated regularly.

·                    This policy will be reviewed annually by the NPTMB.


The following strategy will be adopted in order to ensure that the National Training Policy is implemented successfully. The strategy will be adjusted according to need during the implementation stages.

1.                Conference for all NPTMB members for Policy Implementation Strategy. The conference to cover the following core areas:

·                    The Policy as drafted.

·                    Scheduling actions within the strategy.

·                    Follow up/Monitoring of the implementation strategy.

·                    Perceived barriers to success of the strategy and their role in removing them.

2.                NPTMB agree/amend the draft policy.

On the assumption that this draft policy is agreed, the following course of action to be directed by members of the NPTMB within their individual areas of command :(all actions should be time specified).

3.                The nomination within each Police Department of an officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General (or nearest other rank). This should be immediately followed by the publication of the names of the officers concerned to all Provinces and the National Police Academy. (These officers will form NPTAC).

4.                A job description to be prepared by the NPTMB for the nominated officers.

5.                Arrangements to be made for the nominated officers to receive briefing/Training at the National Police Academy with regard to their responsibilities.

6.                Briefing/Training for the nominated officers to be undertaken.

Following the Briefing/Training of Nominated Officers within each Police District, the following action to be taken:

7.                Nominated Officer to conduct briefings of all Officers in Charge of Police training Institutions to make them aware of the National Training Policy. Training for these officers to be considered in Training Management.

8.                Nominated officers to conduct briefings of all relevant Provincial Government personnel to make them aware of the National Training Policy and its implications.

9.                The Commandant of the National Police Academy to brief appropriate Federal Government Personnel on the contents and implications of the National Training Policy.

Following completion of the briefings or alongside them, the following course of action to be undertaken under the direction of the nominated officer within each Police District.

10.           An audit of all Police Training Institutions within their areas of Command to identify the following:

·                    Number of Institutions

·                    The number of staff in each and their designation/responsibilities

·                    Number of Courses run per year in each institution and their purpose.

·                    The number of students per year on each course.

11.           This information to be forwarded to the CPTU in order that they prepare a training schedule which will ensure that all training personnel are trained to certificated standard and;

·                    There is an initial assessment of ‘relevance’ by the CPTU of the training programmes being delivered according to the criteria laid down in the National Training Policy.

·                    There is an assessment of trainer/Student ratios in relation to each course.

12.           The NPA prepare a report, with recommendations for the discontinuance of those courses which are found to be not relevant and;

·                    Recommends adjustments to the Trainer/Student ratio (Class sizes) as appropriate.

13.           This information also to be forwarded to the National Police Academy in order to amend their training schedule for trainers if increase/decreases in establishment are deemed to be necessary.

14.           Proposals for incentives and initiatives which are required to attract and retain quality staff to the training institution to be undertaken. These proposals to be considered and consolidated by members of the NPTMB.

15.           NPTMB to approach to the concerned authorities to ensure that the agreed consolidated incentives receive consideration.

16.           An assessment of the issues/conditions which exist within each institution which are likely to have a negative impact on the learning environment.

17.           Each member of the NPTMB to consider and, where possible address the issues raised within their own training institutions.

18.           Those issues which cannot be addressed to be consolidated by the NPTMB and the attention of appropriate Federal/Provincial Government personnel be brought to them, together with clear details of the implications for the National Training Policy should they not be addressed.

19.           The establishment of Training Development Units within each Province with training for the concerned staff in the core areas of ‘Training Needs Analysis, Curriculum Design, Trainer Development and Evaluation to be undertaken at the National Police Academy.

20.           The Target group of each main course provided i.e. Recruit, Lower, Intermediate and Upper school course be the subject of a Training Needs Analysis followed by the re-design of a curriculum based on the findings. The revised curriculum specification should include advice on course duration and standards of drill and other activities which are desirable as part of the training programme. This should be pre-ceded by the NPTMB agreeing a starting point for the Training Needs Analysis.

21.           Immediately after training the TDU staff be tasked with an appropriate TNA project from within the target group of the four main course provided i.e. Recruit. Lower, Intermediate and Upper School dependent on the instructions of the NPTMB.

22.           TNA Exercise undertaken within each Police Department and TDU staff meet at CPTU to consolidate findings under the guidance of CPTU staff.

23.           Following consolidation of findings, the TDU staff to be tasked with designing of curriculum for target group subjected to the TNA exercise.

24.           TDU staff to reconvene at CPTU to discuss proposals and for revised curriculum for target group to be consolidated.

25.           Revised curriculum to be submitted to nominated officer in each Police Department for comment. Final discussion to take place at a meeting of the NPTMB.

26.           Revised training programme for appropriate target group to be implemented following briefing programme for concerned implementation staff.

27.           NPTMB to commission a date for evaluation of revised programmes, together with a schedule for ongoing evaluations.

NPTMB to assess ongoing developments and react according to need at scheduled meetings of not less than three monthly intervals.