One wonders whether British archaeology/heritage could take advantage of the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme.
As stated on the Hampshire Constabulry website:
'One of the key factors for the modernisation of the probationer training programme is community involvement. What does community involvement mean? There is no simple answer and can be whatever will ensure that student officers are better able to understand and meet the needs of the community they will be policing.
Each individual student officer will be placed with a community group, voluntary organisation or charity for five days. The aim of this community placement is to enhance the student officer’s understanding of other organisations, diverse communities and groups within their police area and the issues that affect them.'
Could this be a potential for free 'trench fodder' or on a more serious note help to raise awareness of heritage matters within our regional law enforcing agencies?
If probational police officers were given an experience of archaeology/heritage it may influence there outlook of such matters with regard to illegal archaeological practice and provide support within the regional forces.
John Wood of Lowland
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