RAF Police have been given the opportunity to work alongside experienced investigators from the RAF Special Investigations Branch (SIB) to develop and increase their investigative knowledge.
The internal secondment programme is designed to afford junior members of the RAF Police an opportunity to work alongside SIB and get exposure to serious and complex crime.
Cpl Jon Lloyd from 7 RAFP Sqn said,
No sooner than I had arrived, I was tasked to support an ongoing rape investigation. I was also involved in liaising with a vulnerable and intimidated witness one minute then exploiting the police national database to identify known offenders the next, I was exposed to a variety of investigations and skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the last three weeks with no day being the same. The knowledge and experience I have gained in a short period far surpass anything I’ve been able to take away from any training course.
It takes many years of training and experience to develop the skills needed to be a competent investigator and programmes such as this are an essential part of supporting an investigators development pathway. Once the investigator is formally assigned to SIB, they will begin another pathway of home office police training courses, including further secondments to civilian police Criminal Investigation Departments and Major Crime teams to ensure they are operating in accordance with national best practice and procedures.
Corporal Charlie Hosier said,
SIB has been a specialisation I have been interested in since leaving Phase 2 training and the opportunity to complete this secondment has allowed me to get a real insight into the day to day workings of the job. I have only been on secondment for a short while, but have already been involved in complex sexual offences, drugs, fraud and attempted murder cases. The experience that I am getting is going to benefit not only my own policing knowledge but will allow me to take what I have learnt back to my Unit.