On Friday 30th August I was honoured to be invited to the IPLDP (Initial Police Learning and Development Programme) End of Course Graduation evening, which was held at The Council Chambers, County Buildings in Stafford.
The aim of the IPLDP is to prepare new officers for their roles as qualified police officers within Staffordshire. It helps students to develop a good understanding and knowledge of the communities they serve, as well as developing effective communication skills, confidence and competence. The programme lasts two years with student officers being assessed throughout. If successful, they receive a level 3 diploma, which provides them with a strong foundation in understanding legislation, dealing with people – particularly the vulnerable and those with mental health issues – and investigation and interview techniques.
The graduation ceremony began with a welcome from the Chief Constable, Gareth Morgan. This was followed by the presentation of course completion certificates by trainer Kate Clarke. I then had the honour of presenting the “Trainer’s choice of Student of the Course” and the “Student’s choice of Student of the Course” awards, as well an opportunity to say a few words of congratulations.
The ceremony finished with the group attestation before the Magistrate.
It was a joyous occasion and I would like to congratulate all the graduates on their achievement. We should all be very proud of the calibre and commitment of our Staffordshire police officers both in training and in service.