Investigators praised by College of Policing for their response to pandemic

The Crime lead for the College of Policing said this week he was ‘impressed and proud’ at how investigators and other officers adapted so quickly and professionally to new ways of working during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Some investigators have been working from home carrying out their work by telephone and they have also used the

time to tackle backlogs in investigations that existed before the Pandemic.

David Tucker, Crime Lead for the College of Policing said: “investigators who for whatever reason were unable to go to

work, have still being working from home.”

“Forces have used the drop in demand during the Lockdown and the staff they have available have been working really

hard to tackle the backlog of investigations so it means that if we do get an increase in demand in other areas then we’re

not having to service the older demand.”

It was estimated that up to 25 per cent of the workforce would be off sick or self- isolating during Lockdown, but this

hasn’t happened and the majority of officers have continued working, explained Mr Tucker.

He said that due to the fact that leave had been cancelled that there were more officers available for work during the

Pandemic and that they had used their time productively.

The policing workforce has adapted to new ways of working and taken advantage of new technology to run meetings

and contact the public. A College of Policing team is now looking at how those working methods could be adopted as

the ‘new norm’ particularly in the area of training and meetings.

Throughout the Pandemic, The College of Policing has been responsible for formulating operational guidance for officers based on the Government’s new laws and regulations during Lockdown.

All the guidance has been made available to officers on a special Covid-Hub section of the College of Policing website.

Mr Tucker confirmed that the Service had not seen a rise in domestic abuse complaints, even though national charities have reported a significant rise to them and that the challenge was to try and understand the reason for this disparity.

However, he acknowledged there was concern that cases might rise once Lockdown has been lifted due to the fact victims could want to report cases when they are not having to live 24/7 with their perpetrator.

David Tucker