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We’ve had directed study, we’ve had cascade training now we have the miracle known as E-Learning. 

This wonder thing covers everything from Dangerous Dogs to Diversity, Career development to self loading magazines for sniper rifles. (You will probably guess I made the last bit up. If you think I didn’t well you are wrong. I did make it up) This is the new way of making you aware of everything you should be aware of without most of us knowing about it. So when your arse is on the line consider yourself told.

At CTC Constabulary we now got CLAP, otherwise known as Corporate Learning and Partnership. Partnership, a good word that makes one think we are somehow in this together.

This new wonder has spawned from the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies and I simply marvel at how I managed to exist in this dimension of my reality before I was aware of it. There is even talk of a training bus. I must get myself a season return and a seat by the window.

I simply in awe of how this has turned my otherwise humdrum existence around and fail to understand how I have managed to survive for so long without it.

I am now able to operate within a managed learning environment and use the myriad of self help leadership skills advice against the performance matrix to assess and evaluate my performance.

I have learnt that if I make a bit of a boo boo, otherwise known as a performance gap, I can obtain some facilitated learning or learning interventions to assist me with my pathway to a successful outcome.  Impressed ?

I can even get hold of a subject matter expert, I can gain experience by shadowing (this is not bunnies on a wall in front of a torchlight) mentoring, coaching or even secondment. All this to reduce my performance gaps against the performance matrix. Now I getting a little bit grey here.

There exists something called a Police Visual handbook, that is not really a handbook but a computerised encyclopedia of momentous proportions covering everything from A to Z. Yes there is an A to Z section.

I have also learnt about Signal Crime, Acute and Chronic neighbourhood priorities and begun to look at things through the perspective of a citizen. I did believe that I was actually a bit of a citizen myself, locally appointed…………………and all that.

I have also found out that when I assess a situation to deploy the dog, help out response or run the risk of a bit of a shoeing, I am, in fact, now carrying out a Environmental Visual Audit. I had absolutely no idea I was able to achieve all this.

It-is apparently an action tool providing an objective and independent measure of social and physical disorder.

I had better go back to the Police Visual Handbook to assist me to take the correct decision in every situation I am likely to meet. It doesn’t tell me who took the van keys home though.

I feel a lot better now.

4 Responses

  1. We had to complete several NCALT programs including the NCRS/NSIR modules.
    I thought I could use the quiet hours of a mid-week nightshift to get it out of the way.

    By all accounts I can snore really loudly whilst in a sitting position!!

  2. you missed TRAP form the title.

  3. Just think, when the end of the world is nigh, C.L.A.P will keep you warm for many a night. You might want to start storing the marshmallows.

  4. i thought “CLAP” was something i would get a court martial for catching while hanging out in the joint just outside the gates of the base and associating with ladies of doubtful and accommodating virtue, thereby rendering myself unfit for duty.

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