The force has begun twork to enable the delivery of increases in Police Officer numbers over the next three years
This is in line with the Prime Minister’s proposals to increase police officers nationally by 20,000 FTEs.
There will be a number of additional requirements, in terms of resources, equipment, IT and estates that result from this initiative.
All of which are being worked through and much, if not all, are expected to be funded as part of the overall uplift in funding to support the increases in Police Officer numbers.
Proposals will be developed around other areas as more information is known however it is important to recognise that, at this stage, neither the level of the funding or how many additional Police Officers will be `allocated’ to Cleveland to recruit, have been agreed.
One of the constraints on delivery is the space that is required to be able to deliver training to a significantly higher number of Police Officers than would normally be the case. To enable this constraint to be managed/mitigated the Force are proposing the following:
Maximise the space at the Learning and Development Centre for Training
The Learning and Development Centre has seven classrooms, a small ICT suite, a gymnasium and a hydro suite. A further three rooms are occupied by Corporate Services.
It is proposed that Corporate Services are relocated to the CSH. It currently has 41 ‘free’ desk spaces, and thereby freeing up as much space as possible within the Learning and Development Centre for training.
Need for Additional Space beyond the current Estate for a limited period of time
In addition to freeing up this space, there is also expected to be a requirement for further additional space for training to meet the recruitment plans that have been developed.
Time-limited options are, therefore, to be put in place by the Force to ensure that physical training space is not a constraint in maximising the timeframes and numbers of Police Officers that can be recruited by the Force over the coming years.