Defence College of Policing and Guarding

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Defence College of Policing and Guarding
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Defence College of Policing and Guarding
Active 2005 – Present
Country  United Kingdom
Type Training
Role Training
Garrison/HQ Southwick Park

The Defence College of Policing and Guarding is the training centre for the Service Police of the British Armed Forces. The centre is located at Southwick Park, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, it was established on the former site of HMS Dryad and consolidates training for the Royal Military Police, Royal Air Force Police, and Royal Navy Police in a single location assuring consistent standards across the service.

History[edit]

The Defence College of Police and Personnel Administration was opened at Southwick House in 2005.[1] The regimental headquarters of the Royal Military Police also moved to the site following withdrawal from Roussillon Barracks, Chichester.[2] RAF Police training moved from RAF Halton in 2005.[3] Royal Navy Police training moved from HMS Excellent in November 2005.[4]

Professional training and qualifications[edit]

Training is accredited by the University of Teesside and is validated by the National Policing Improvement Agency who assure standards on behalf of the Home Office.[5]

Military police training[edit]

The facilities allow training in most aspects of policing including Crime Scene Investigation.[6]

Royal Military Police[edit]

Soldiers entering the Royal Military Police are posted to the college having completed Phase 1 training at the Army Training Centre, Pirbright. Successful completion results in promotion to lance corporal and posting to an operational unit as a probationer. Officers for the Royal Military Police undertake training on completion of commissioning courses at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[7]

Royal Air Force Police[edit]

Airmen are posted to the college having completed Phase 1 training at RAF Halton. Successful completion results in the individual being promoted to corporal and being posted to an operational unit. Officers of the Royal Air Force Police undertake training on completion of commissioning at Royal Air Force College Cranwell.[8]

Royal Navy Police[edit]

Royal Navy and Royal Marines candidates are not recruited directly but are transferred from other branches where they have qualified for promotion to corporal or leading hand before being posted to the college; having completed a 4 week suitability assessment. On completion of training they will be promoted to the rank and posted to an operational unit. Officers for the Royal Navy Police are drawn from the rating corps as senior upper yardmen and are commissioned following training at Britannia Royal Naval College or Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to our Website". Portsmouth Coarse Angling. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Army’s past honoured by plaque at Roussillon Barracks". Chichester Observer. 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "History - Royal Air Force Police". Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Regulation Branch". Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Strategic Development Fund Partnership". Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "RMP prepare for Afghan investigations". Ministry of Defence. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Royal Military Academy Sandhurst". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "RAF Cranwell". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Commando Training Centre Royal Marines". Retrieved 8 July 2016.