Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,
Woburn Road, Kempston,
Bedford, MK43 9AX
Telephone: 01234 842547
16th January 2020
Our Ref: FOI2019/07823
REQUEST UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 Ref No: FOI2019/07823
I write in connection with your request for information received on 13th December. I note you seek access to the following information:
I am conducting research into the effect and frequency of stop and search training and stop and search positive outcomes. In order for me to obtain data to support my dissertation research I respectfully request that you provide me with the answer to the following question under a freedom of information request.
1. How often, excluding initial recruit training, have you provided either mandatory or non-mandatory stop and search training to your police officers in the last 12 months, 24 months 36 months. If refresher training was provided was it by means of face to face training by qualified trainers? Or via a digital training package?
2. Has your force provided any face to face public training/ awareness, covering police stop and search powers e.g. A community officer delivering awareness / training to year 10-11 high school pupils. Has this taken place in a Constabulary structured and approved manner in the last 12months, 24 months 36, months
3. Could you please tell me how many police officers your force had in 2017,2018 and 2019 at the time of this request
I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.
Following enquiries within the Constabulary please see our response below.
1) Stop & Search training is delivered to Sergeants and Inspectors on Sgt/Insp development training days. There are approximately seven events per year and training is delivered face-to-face.
2) Stop & Search inputs are given to those who attend the Community Scrutiny Groups (which are held 4 times per year). Inputs are also given youth groups such as Cadets. These are structured inputs. Other inputs may be given to schools and other groups on request.
3) The figures are already in the public domain, and can be accessed via the Home Office website (link below)
Gov.uk Police Workforce
The numerical data presented in this response is an un-audited snapshot of un-published data sourced from "live" systems and is subject to the interpretation of the original request by the individual extracting the data.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the above reference number.
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