Q. How does the closure of CRC affect policing?
CRC is not responsible for the training of police officers. The Centre’s work concentrates on the learning and information needs of community safety practitioners and crime & disorder reduction partnerships and its closure will have no direct impact on policing or on the efficiency of police forces.
Q. How will training for practitioners and partnerships be provided in future?
The Home Office is considering the review’s recommendation that it should target some of the savings realised as a result of ceasing training activity onto the provision of direct support to partnerships in higher crime areas. This could enable greater impact with the limited sums available, but the benefits of this idea will need to be weighed against overall Home Office business priorities. That exercise is currently underway.
More generally, the Home Office aims to work with the Justice Sector Skills Council to ensure that there are national standards for community safety training which employing organisations can use as part of their normal approach to workforce development.
Q. How will the loss of CRC affect our ability to fight crime?
The closure of the CRC site at Easingwold will not directly affect the ability to fight crime. Even operating at peak capacity, CRC’s training courses could only reach around 1% of the community safety workforce each year, so the decision to discontinue these courses will have minimal impact.
Options for the future of other CRC services are currently being considered as part of the follow up to the review. The only decision that has been made on these is that, if they are retained, they will need to be located with the rest of the Home Office Crime Reduction Directorate (in London).