Newly trained police lack basic skills

The Criminal Justice Inspectorate has criticised the quality of police training after discovering that probationers lack the skills to deal with common crimes:

“Officers attending volume crime scenes are often probationer constables in their first two years of service yet inspectors were told that when probationer officers arrive at their allocated District Command Unit from police college they lacked sufficient investigatory skills to deal with the range of investigations they were expected to undertake.”