In recent years being able to provide staff training and development has become an increasing challenge. With budgets being squeezed, it is easy to remove the money for anything beyond legal and critical job training. There have been attempts to replace it with alternatives including the change to get involved in new things, and getting involved in benchmarking with colleagues in other agencies.
This week I have been involved in interesting discussions about how to provide development opportunities for police communicators. The issue is in the early stage of being considered but has presented some great opportunities for people to demonstrate how they are keeping their skills up-to-date.
A lot has been discussed about continuous professional development and the role it plays at a time of financial hardship. I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people the opportunities that exist including the free online MOOCs and other…
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