Getting cases ready for court – A joint review of the quality of prosecution case files by HMIC and HMCPSI (5254)

Police Forces, in order to improve file quality, should consider further training for police supervisors, perhaps delivered jointly with the CPS. This training should focus on the critical points raised in this report, with specific emphasis on ensuring that police officers accurately differentiate between key and non-key witnesses; understand how case papers need to be prepared and presented to improve the effectiveness of the prosecution; and limit file build to the required information. [Recommendation 5 from Stop the Drift 2]

[on]15th July 2013 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]30th September 2016 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]30th September 2016 [comment]

Constables and sergeants trained during 2014/2015 with a half day covering file building. The force trained supervisors, who now review files. There has been investigatory skill training covering file building and criminal justice issues, with the designing of a programme of training. This covers investigating officers, local crime investigators and staff in the control room. The force intends police staff investigators are trained to PIP1 standard and frontline officers and investigators to PIP 2 standard.